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just what is it …

05 Dec 2009 - 11 Apr 2010

Richard Hamilton
Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different so appealing?
Kunsthalle Tübingen, Sammlung Zundel
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009
Foto: Archiv Sammlung Zundel

Martin Kippenberger
im Hintergrund: Tunnel
(Ausstellungsansicht ZKM | Museum für Neue Kunst,
Das 2. Sein. Tiefes Kehlchen)
Sammlung Grässlin, St. Georgen
© Nachlass Martin Kippenberger
Foto: Christof Hierholzer, Karlsruhe

Paul Cézanne
Verdünnte Ölfarbe auf Leinwand
Foto: Volker Naumann, Schönaich

100 Years of Modern Art from Private Collections in Baden-Württemberg
10 Years Museum of Contemporary Art at ZKM

An exhibition at ZKM | Museum of Contemporary
Opening Fri 4 December at 5.30 p.m. at ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art

The large scale anniversary exhibition »just what is it ...« will celebrate ten-years of the Museum of Contemporary Art in the Hallenbau industrial building of the ZKM.
On 4 December 1999, the Museum of Contemporary Art opened at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe with the goal of presenting key private collections from the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg.
This anniversary offers us the occasion to present an exhibition showcasing the situation that found precisely here in Baden-Württemberg is a concentration of private collectors and collections—reaching beyond the circle of hitherto partners of the Museum of Contemporary Art—unique throughout the federal states, with extraordinary inventories in terms of both quality and quantity. Nowhere else can be found private collections, from the classical modern through to contemporary art, i.e., from Cézanne and the expressionists through to Picasso, from Baumeister to Wols, from Pollock to Rothko, from Warhol and Beuys to Baselitz, Kiefer, Kippenberger, and Rehberger, so extensively laid out and of such high international renown.

In celebration of its ten-year existence, the Museum of Contemporary Art will become a »Temporary Museum of the Modern Era.« One hundred years of art from the beginning of the twentieth century to the first decade of the twenty-first, will be documented on the basis of first-class, privately owned seminal works in Baden-Württemberg. In this way, important developmental lines of modernity and postmodernity can be shown. In the sense of a »musée imaginaire,« the Museum of Contemporary Art will thereby become a site that enables an opulent overview of the currents and trends from the first decade of the twentieth century to the present—an entirely unusual sight at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and thus that much more exciting!

»just what is it ...« is the beginning of the title of an incunable of Pop art: the famous collage by Richard Hamilton from 1956, which for one, can be seen on display in the exhibition, marking roughly the midpoint of the era covered. For another, »just what is it ...« serves as impulse for a sequence of wonderful associations that are offered to beholders at the various levels of this exhibition. From a cultural political point of view, too, this exhibition can be considered a highlight of the cultural year 2009/2010 in Baden-Württemberg, especially since it is under the patronage of Prime Minister of State Günther H. Oettinger.

The comprehensive anniversary catalogue mirrors this nationwide-unique concept, and additionally offers a clear picture of the different profiles of the individual exhibitions. Along with numerous illustrations and a chronicle of the Museum of Contemporary Art, which offers an impressive look back at the diverse exhibition program over the past ten years, various essays provide both a retrospective look at the museum’s beginnings and a view ahead to the future. In this, taken up on the one hand are Heinrich Klotz’s and Götz Adriani’s fundamental ideas from the founding era of the Museum of Contemporary Art, while on the other, Götz Adriani and Peter Weibel shed light on individual aspects of the exhibition concept and the collection inventories in Baden-Württemberg. Gregor Jansen casts a glance at the past ten years of the Museum of Contemporary Art, with its varied exhibition program. In addition, the occasion also offers the opportunity to question the status quo of art: Wolfgang Ullrich considers the art developments of the present day and cites them as emerging trends for the future.

For the duration of the exhibition project, the 10-year anniversary will be accompanied by numerous events, which, among others, include a major symposium that likewise takes a look at the development of the museum in the context of its history, present, and future, promising a stimulating discussion about the relationship of public museums and private collections.

Exhibition curator and concept: Götz Adriani

Catalogue editors: Götz Adriani and Peter Weibel with contributions from, among others, Götz Adriani, Boris Groys, Heinrich Klotz, Gregor Jansen, Peter Sloterdijk, Wolfgang Ullrich, and Peter Weibel

Additional information: www.zkm.de/justwhatisit

Guided tours: Sat 4 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.
Thematic tours at the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art: Sun 11.30 a.m.

Participating Collections: Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden • Sammlung FER
• Sammlung Froehlich, Stuttgart • Sammlung Grässlin, St. Georgen • Landesbank
Baden-Württemberg • Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch • SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen
• Sammlung Scharpff, Stuttgart • Sammlung Siegfried Weishaupt, Ulm • Sammlung
Würth, Künzelsau • and other private collectors

Select artists:
Josef Albers
Georg Baselitz
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Willi Baumeister
Max Beckmann
Joseph Beuys
Glenn Brown
Daniel Buren
Paul Cézanne
Claude Closky
Dan Flavin
Lucio Fontana
Gotthard Graubner
Keith Haring
Jörg Immendorff
Donald Judd
Ellsworth Kelly
Anselm Kiefer
Martin Kippenberger
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Willem de Kooning
Jeff Koons
Joseph Kosuth
Wolfgang Laib
Fernand Léger
Sol LeWitt
Roy Lichtenstein
Robert Longo
Morris Louis
Markus Lüpertz
Piero Manzoni
Agnes Martin
Mathieu Mercier
Bruce Nauman
Emil Nolde
Pablo Picasso
Sigmar Polke
Jackson Pollock
Neo Rauch
Robert Rauschenberg
Tobias Rehberger
Ad Reinhardt
Gerhard Richter
Mark Rothko
Richard Serra
Frank Stella
Elaine Sturtevant
Rosemarie Trockel
Cy Twombly
Günther Uecker
Victor Vasarely
Andy Warhol
Christopher Wool

Tags: Josef Albers, Arman, Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Willi Baumeister, Max Beckmann, Joseph Beuys, Glenn Brown, Daniel Buren, Paul Cézanne, Claude Closky, Dan Flavin, Lucio Fontana, K.O. Götz, Gotthard Graubner, Richard Hamilton, Keith Haring, Jörg Immendorff, Gregor Jansen, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Kippenberger, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Willem de Kooning, Jeff Koons, Joseph Kosuth, Wolfgang Laib, Fernand Léger, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Morris Louis, Markus Lüpertz, Piero Manzoni, Agnes Martin, Mathieu Mercier, Bruce Nauman, Emil Nolde, Pablo Picasso, Sigmar Polke, Jackson Pollock, Neo Rauch, Robert Rauschenberg, Tobias Rehberger, Ad Reinhardt, Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko, Richard Serra, Frank Stella, Elaine Sturtevant, Sturtevant, Rosemarie Trockel, Cy Twombly, Günther Uecker, Victor Vasarely, Andy Warhol, Peter Weibel, Wols, Christopher Wool