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Where are you standing? - The Donation of Paul Maenz Gerd de Vries

10.09.2004 to 13.02.2005


This exhibition at the Kupferstichkabinett offers a comprehensive viewing of the 216 pieces of art donated by Paul Maenz and Gerd de Vries.

Through the agency of the "Graphische Gesellschaft zu Berlin" (Friends of the Kupferstichkabinett Association) the museum was able to acquire this significant donation last year. At the beginning of 2004, ten further works were added.

This donation contains sketches, printed graphics, posters, books, portfolios and letters. These collectives mark crucial new developments in art from the late 1960s to the present.

A number of the works also reflect the programme of one of the most important avant-garde galleries in Cologne at that time, the gallery Paul Maenz (1970 - 1990).

The exhibition illustrates the importance of the medium of paper to conceptual artists such as Joseph Kosuth, Robert Barry, and Hanne Darboven as well as to artists of Arte Povera, such as Giulio Paolini. Paper is also significant medium for many exponents of the successful figurative and wilde schools of painting of the eighties, among them artists of Arte Cifra (Mimmo Paladino, Sandro Chia), Anselm Kiefer, and Martin Disler. Paper was also important to painters of the "Mühlheimer Freiheit" (Mühlheim's Liberty) – such as Walter Dahn – also included in this exhibition.