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 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.
WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION FRIEDER BURDA
February 28 - May 3, 2015
Georg Baselitz, one of the most influential artists of our time, whose virtuosity and productivity never ceases to amaze, is represented in the Collection Frieder Burda with fourteen paintings and two sculptures, which amply demonstrate Baselitz’s artistic development since 1963.
In the 1960s Baselitz rebelled against the dominant academic dogma of nonobjective art, in terms of both painting style and subject matter. In his powerful, expressive Heroes paintings the artist, in the mid-1960s, reflected on both his inner emotional state as well as on the state of the postwar generation. Since then the formal aspects of his painting have increasingly moved into the foreground, and the artistic exploration of color and design led, in 1966, to the Fracture paintings in which the motives were cut up, segmented, and re-composed. In 1969, Baselitz turned the image on its head—in the truest sense of the word; as a result, the perception is diverted away from the image and directed towards the formal and color gestalt of the painted surface. In the 1990s, these powerful works were followed by a new mode of expression, which resulted in works with airy colorfulness and unaccustomed lightness. From 2005, in the series Remix, which is characterized by a new brightness of the colors, the artist revisits important themes in his artistic development and subjects them to a virtuoso reinterpretation.
The works by Georg Baselitz are presented parallel to the the major Arnulf Rainer retrospective. Thus, the visitor is able to contrast and compare the work of both artists.
HEINZ MACK: LIGHT SHADOW
May 16 – September 20, 2015
In 2015, the major summer exhibition will focus on the reliefs in the oeuvre of Heinz Mack (*1931), cofounder of the group ZERO. Mack is a multiple participant of documenta and represented Germany at the 1970 Biennale in Venice. The central theme of his multifaceted work is light. His abstract objects and images are media toward this end. Heinz Mack reveals unimagined possibilities by means of light - especially in his reliefs.
Mack created his first reliefs in the late 1950s; in which he used a variety of materials and techniques, and in which the formats ranged anywhere from small, handy sizes up to Land Art. As a result of the plastic structure of the surfaces and the various luminous characteristics inherent in the chosen materials, the incident light is reflected, absorbed, and scattered. This creates structures of convincing clarity and surprising richness. The exhibition is being organized in close collaboration with the artist and is curated by Helmut Friedel.
October 3, 2015 – January 24, 2016
Andreas Gursky (born 1955) is one of the world’s most important contemporary photographers. With his colour photography, he creates an impressive world of images which he often refines and arranges through image processing.
In the process, Gursky’s works also bear pictorial testimony to his decades of travel around the globe. From ancient sites and topical scenes of current social and political events to fictitiously arranged fantasy worlds, his pictures always turn out to be sensitive and pensive reflections on our zeitgeist and the state of our world: Cairo and the Great Pyramid, doomed island worlds off Dubai, Prada shops and race tracks, production facilities and rubbish dumps, mass spectacles in Berlin and the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, the stock markets in Chicago and Kuwait, museums as places of reflection and comic superheroes used to imagine future worlds.
The exhibition in the Museum Frieder Burda combines older, iconic works by Andreas Gursky with his latest, as yet partly unpublished, pictorial inventions. This presentation opens up a panorama rich in images which, on the one hand, acutely analyses our complex reality and, on the other, expresses great pleasure in the regarding and discovering of pictures. The exhibition, curated by Udo Kittelmann, director of the Nationalgalerie in Berlin, is being developed in close co-operation with the artist.