A-Z. The Marzona Collection
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
The exhibition "A-Z. The Marzona Collection" is a celebration of the conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s and illustrates the contemporary relevance of works from this era. The presentation spans the next two and a half years and features the collection of Egidio Marzona, which primarily consists of works of American and European conceptual art, Minimal Art, and Arte Povera.
The letters of the alphabet offer the basis for a versatile and consistently varied approach to the diverse works in the Marzona Collection. The semiotic structure of the alphabet is used to highlight ideas inherent to the works exhibited and provides a stringent yet open-ended format for the exhibition programme. Individual artistic positions, important historical exhibitions, and artistic genres are examined. The presentation is altered every quarter of a year in keeping with the sequence of the alphabet.
#4/9 JKL (25.11.2014-8.2.2015)
The new presentation JKL #4/9 opens with an artistic intervention by Berlin based artist Ruth Buchanan (*1980). Like the J-oker in a pack of playing cards, this presentation is an exception to the rule and presents a commissioned intervention. Buchanan interrogates collections as significant factors in the construction of culture, focusing both on the Marzona Collection particular and museum collections in general. She combines new works and works from her archive, with works from the Marzona Collection, creating an interplay that loops through the gallery space, moving with and against the logics of collecting and the museums presentation protocols.
The letter K is named after the cube (in German K-ubus). Such geometric "primary structures" play a fundamental role in Minimal Art. For artists, such as Carl Andre or Donald Judd, only the use of elementary geometric forms guaranteed that a work of art is seen for what it actually is: an object in real space.
The third gallery extends on the artistic occupation with geometry. The letter L is dedicated to the work of American artist Sol LeWitt, which forms a major strand of the Marzona Collection. As a leading representative of Minimal and Conceptual Art, LeWitt was a prominent figure on the New York art scene during the 1960s and 1970s. In seeking to reduce art to its essentials and to investigate the potential of ideas and concepts to generate forms, the artist arrived at the
use of geometric shapes as modular units.
#3/9 GHI (2.8.-16.11.2014)
Gehen (in German Walking) as artistic practice was explored under the letter G (with works by Stanley Brouwn, Richard Long and Hamish Fulton). As Handlung (in German Action), H thematized performative aspects of art in the 1960s and 1970s, and I took an idea-led tour of the most important currents in conceptual art, with works from Marcel Duchamp to Joseph Kosuth.
#2/9 DEF (2.5-27.7.2014)
Following on from this first presentation, rooms D, E and F were on view. D investigated the aspect of Documentation in Conceptual Art. E as Erhalten (in German Conservation) offered visitors a look behind the scenes at the activities of the museum's conservation department, and at the particular challenges that contemporary artworks present to a museum. And the third exhibition room F focused on Fotografie (in German Photography), which in the late 1960s took on renewed importance as an artistic medium.
# 1/9 ABC (23.1.-23.4.2014)
Beginning with the letter A, the first room offered a look at the Italian movement of Arte Povera. The second room of the exhibition was dedicated to the letter B and presented an installation by the French artist Daniel Buren and finally, the letter C addressed the exhibition catalogue as an artistic medium through C. 7500, the title of an exhibition curated by Lucy Lippard in 1973.
Next to the three rooms of the exhibition is the "Büro" (office), an open archive space where visitors can find additional information on the subjects, artworks and artists on show. A programme of events offers further opportunities to interact with and reflect on the presentations.
The presentation JKL #4/9 will be accompanied by two events, which take place in the "Büro" (office).
4 December 2014, 6pm
The Curtain, The Poodle, The Bodybuilder: Some Notes on Movement, Artist Lecture von Ruth Buchanan
11 December 2014, 6pm
Collector Egidio Marzona speaks about Sol LeWit (in German)
Curator: Lisa Marei Schmidt, Education and outreach: Daniela Bystron, Curatorial Assistance: Nadine Söll
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