Acquisitions of the years 2002 to 2005
Baden-Baden. Which direction will art in the 21st century take? The exhibition New Painting. Acqisitions from 2002 to 2005 with various works of the Frieder Burda collection (February 25 June 25, 2006) tries to find its own position on young art. For several years now, Baden-Baden collector Frieder Burda has dedicated to the art of the young painter generation, including artists such as Karin Kneffel, Dirk Skreber, Tim Eitel, Anton Henning, Corinne Wasmuth and Heribert C. Ottersbach. About 60 of their works, all acquired between 2002 and 2005, are presented at this show.
Despite the often proclaimed death of painting in the 70s and 80s, this analogue medium still offers the artists a multitude of possibilities to express themselves. Yet, given the fact that all the painters are familiar with other coexisting forms of art such as abstract art, photography, video or conceptual art, contemporary painting is anything but limited to a pure reanimation of traditional painting positions.
Often unnoticed at first sight, this diversity becomes apparent in the works all the same and leads to a new interpretation of painting. The often accidental choice of motif opens the eye on the procedure of painting and attempts to probe and extend the limits of what can be represented in art.
The only truth, if one might believe Karin Kneffel, is in painting itself. Her painted series vary one and the same motif in constantly new ways of exploring the medium. The motif itself, sometimes grapes, sometimes a dog or a table, becomes almost insignificant.
The exhibition New Painting is the first coherent show of Frieder Burdas latest acquisitions. With this presentation of works selected by the collector, the museum faces the current discussion about the future of painting. The exhibition is curated by Götz Adriani, member of the Frieder Burda foundation board, and Frank Schmidt, scientific assistant of the Frieder Burda Museum.
The exhibition New Painting. Frieder Burda Museum. Acquisitions from 2002 to 2005 will be accompagnied by a catalogue, published at Hantje Cantz Verlag ( 19,80), which complements the inventory catalogue from 2004.
Also until June 25, a consecutive exhibition of German expressionism is shown at the museum, titled Picture Alteration IV. One century has passed since the artist group Die Brücke has been founded in Dresden in 1905. Yet the works of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Pechstein and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, as well as those of their colleagues from the South-German artist group Blauer Reiter, havent lost anything of their original freshness, spontaneity and intensity of colour. This intimate show of 24 selected pictures - most of them lining up in the Frieder Burda collection complemented by loans of the family heirloom - mirror the artistic renewal of the German expressionism at the beginning of the 20th century.
Announcement: Chagall exhibition in summer 2006
For summer 2006 (July 7 - October 29, 2006), a huge Chagall exhibition is scheduled with paintings from Russian and French museums. Baden-Baden will be the sole German venue for this vast retrospective of Marc Chagall. Especially Chagalls early works, which have been rarely seen outside Russia, will offer a surprising insight into the various artistic facets of this important painter.
Baden-Baden, 16. march 2006
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