Die Sammlungen. The Collections. Les Collections
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
The collection of Erich Marx is closely bound up with the history of the Hamburger Bahnhof, the third largest division of the Nationalgalerie. Following the comprehensive remodelling of the former railway terminus by architect Josef Paul Kleihues and the construction of a large barrel-vaulted painting gallery to the east, the Museum für Gegenwart opened in 1996 with the Marx Collection as its very first exhibition. The core of the collection revolves around works by world-famous artists of the second half of the 20th century, such as Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol, from whom Erich Marx acquired groups of works of the highest quality. To this selection he continually added new works by contemporary male and female artists.
The Marx Collection was on view until 9th October in the west wing of the Hamburger Bahnhof, where groups of works by the US artists were on display for the first time in close proximity to the pieces by Joseph Beuys. The character of this collection and its intelligent concentration on outstanding artists can be observed here in the works of Joseph Beuys, Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly. Individual pieces by Matthew Barney and Jeff Koons, as representatives of a younger generation, can also be seen. Above all, however, the exhibition offers a rare opportunity to discover a different facet of Andy Warhol, who is represented not only by large-scale icons but also by 89 early, very delicate drawings from the years 1953 to 1960.
In the Kleihueshalle, where presentations of the Marx Collection are traditionally held, the exhibition “Black Mountain. An Interdisciplinary Experiment. 1933-1957" was on display until 27 September 2015. Like the preceding exhibition "The End of the 20th Century. The Best is Yet to Come", the "Black Mountain" show was developed out of the Marx Collection. "Das Kapital Raum 1970-1977", the environment by Joseph Beuys that was recently acquired by Erich Marx, goes on display next year. These partly temporary, partly permanently installed presentations show above all the intellectual dimension of the artworks in this outstanding collection.
The museum's core groups of works by the artists Anselm Kiefer, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol are on display in the Kleihueshalle since 31 October 2015. Works by Joseph Beuys will remain on view in the museum's west wing.
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