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The Collection of Contemporary Art of the Bundesrepublik Deutschland's New Acquisitions 2000-2002

14.05.2003 to 31.08.2003

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin

The collection of contemporary art of the Bundesrepubklik Deutschland was founded 1970 - an initiative of Chancellor Willy Brandt. Today it contains more than 1,000 works of art produced since 1945. Around 90 acquisitions of the years 2000 - 2002 are now on display in the Hamburger Bahnhof.

The works exhibited - painting, sculpture, photography, installations, video and graphics - deal with the current art scene in Germany. The selection emphasises international connections, so new media are also included. It also focuses on significant developments in contemporary art.

One focus is on the generation of the 1990s, and includes works by Michel Majerus, Kai Althoff, Corinne Wasmuht and Jonathan Meese.

In parallel, the exhibition also illustrates the expansion of the collection of the Bundesrepubklik Deutschland with the acquisition of works of an older generation. Joseph Beuys and Martin Kippenberger - who have influenced the artistic climate of the Bundesrepublik Deutschland with socially relevant art - are among these significant artists.