Local Histories

15.12.2018 to 10.11.2019
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin

Works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection at Hamburger Bahnhof, the Nationalgalerie Collection and loans

The exhibition Local Histories traces the relationships and conditions under which key works in the collections were developed during the second half of the 20th century.

“The history of art and art’s condition at any time are pretty messy”, Donald Judd wrote in 1964 in an article on the New York art scene. In this piece he opposed traditional differentiations of style and genre, advocating instead a more casual encounter with works of art. Judd’s analysis of the local art scene is the starting point for an experiment that takes works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection and the Collection of the Nationalgalerie – enhanced by selected loans – and resituates them within the context of their making.

What Themes and Discussions Confronted the Arists?

Where could they show their works? Who were their friends and sounding boards? Where did they draw their inspiration? The exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin poses these questions about the artists represented in the collections. The sometimes new juxtapositions of works not only reveal friendships and networks but introduce shared themes and collaborative projects. While exploring the artists’ places of residence, their travels and their contacts the exhibition looks at the German art centres Düsseldorf, Cologne and Berlin, as well as New York and Los Angeles.

The exhibition Local Histories begins with the artists who caught Donald Judd’s attention during his numerous gallery visits in New York in the 1960s – artists whose works are on display at Hamburger Bahnhof. He favoured works that couldn’t be easily categorised as sculpture or painting, but instead experimented with space in unusual ways.

From Artist to Gallerist

It was works of Minimal and Conceptual Art like those that moved Konrad Lueg to give up his work as an artist in the late 1960s and found a gallery under the name Konrad Fischer. This transition, from artist to gallerist, is presented in the second section of the exhibition. Here, works by Konrad Lueg and his art school colleagues – Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Manfred Kuttner – are also on display.

The Konrad Fischer Gallery and its programme, which was primarily concerned with establishing trans-Atlantic connections, are then introduced via key works from the Nationalgalerie’s (National Gallery) collections. Audiences in Berlin now have the chance to experience very recent artistic positions from the USA, including those of Carl Andre, Bruce Naumann, Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin and Hanne Darboven, who lives in New York.

An Artwork Returns for the Exhibition Local Histories

One of the exhibition’s main rooms explores the art scene in Los Angeles. Since the 1990s Paul McCarthy has been creating provocative installations and video productions in which he articulates images of a society driven by consumption, violence and sexual fantasies.

Contacts among Artists

In the concluding section of the exhibition Rirkrit Tiravanija shows that friendly connections, social contacts, being on the road and conversations among artists tend to initiate and influence works of art and also suggests that such situations can be regarded as artistic practice.

Curated by Matilda Felix

Catalogue

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue, published 2019 by Kerber Verlag. With numerous installation views and essays by Diedrich Diederichsen, Matilda Felix, Irina Hiebert Grun, Brigitte Kölle, Catherine Nichols, Monika Sprüth, Dorothee Wagner, and in facsimile by Donald Judd, Bruce Nauman, Liam Gillick and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

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