40|10. Bilderwechsel (Images Change)
November 8, 2014 - February 15, 2015
In 2014, the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden celebrates the 10th anniversary of its founding, and on this occasion presents highlights from the Collection Frieder Burda, which has continually grown over the past 40 years. Subsequent to the comprehensive "40|10" exhibition held in summer, the exhibition "40|10. Images Change" testifies once again to the diversity and quality of the museum’s collection, which includes around 1,000 works encompassing classical modern art to contemporary art and thus impressively documents the art movements of the past one hundred years.
In addition to a selection of younger generation artists such as Karin Kneffel, Neo Rauch, Corinne Wasmuht, Markus Oehlen, or Axel Hütte, the "40|10. Images Change" exhibition present the great “classics” such as Gerhard Richter, Pablo Picasso, and Max Beckmann. Paintings and photographs, but also sculptures by Joan Miró, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Willem de Kooning, and Anton Henning and a video work by Bill Viola appear in numerous new juxtapositions resulting in an exciting dialogue. Visitors are presented with the formal and conceptual connections between the artworks, and even familiar works can be rediscovered.
In diverse, and individual ways artists from different generations and with different career paths continuously create new, surprising visual worlds. The artists thereby reflect precise and perceptive methods, and the intentions of the images; they construct or deconstruct, distort, exalt, or stylize new pictorial realities. This exhibition confirms that painting and sculpture are still adequate and timely means of expression. Curated by Helmut Friedel, the presentation greatly draws upon on the suggestive power of the images.
February 28, 2015 - May 3, 2015
Arnulf Rainer’s overpaintings, created in the 1950s, brought the artist – born in 1929 in Baden near Vienna – worldwide recognition. In cooperation with the Albertina in Vienna, the Museum Frieder Burda recognizes the internationally renowned artist on the occasion of his 85th birthday with a comprehensive retrospective in which essential works representative of the significant phases of his complex oeuvre will be presented. Rainer’s intensive search for new artistic paths, as well as his fascinating strategies and experimental approach make him one of the most influential living contemporary artists today.
In addition to works from the artist’s extensive oeuvre that are held in the Collection Frieder Burda, the exhibition will include works on loan from international museums and private lenders. The exhibition spans from Rainer’s early work with their abstract designs, overpaintings, and crucifixes to the self-representations in the "Face Farces" and "Body Poses" series, as well as the death masks and veil paintings. In addition, recently created works will be presented.
Georg Baselitz. Works from the Collection Frieder Burda
A friendly respect of the singular artistic achievements connects Arnulf Rainer with Georg Baselitz, which concerns a very different handling of the image. Therefore, it seems reasonable to present works by Georg Baselitz from the Collection Frieder Burda parallel to the major Arnulf Rainer retrospective in order to contrast and compare the work of both artists.
Baselitz, one of the greatest painters of our time, is one of the best-represented artists in the collection with thirteen paintings and two sculptures, which poignantly demonstrate Baselitz’s artistic development since 1963. Baselitz enhances adherence to the depiction in painting by turning the canvas 180 degrees. Perception is diverted from the depiction and is increasingly turned toward the manner of representation and of painting. It is not so much what is shown, but rather they way in which the artist understands how to express oneself through the medium of painting that make the paintings of Baselitz a unique visual experience.