The new presentation of the Kunsthalle’s collection of paintings since 1947 staged in the skylight rooms of the Gallery of Contemporary Art explores the field between the two poles »present« and »eternity«. Considering that they are on display at the Gallery of Contemporary Art, the question arises, that museums are generally concerned with, as to when the present actually begins and whether it is a period of time.
The exhibition juxtaposes seemingly incongruous, demanding mutual tolerance from the participating artists (and their works). Figurative painting from the German Democratic Republic (GDR) – collected by the Kunsthalle early on – is confronted with the broken figuration after 1945 in France, Minimalism meets Pop art, gestural abstraction encounters ironical figuration.
On view are works by Francis Bacon, Georg Baselitz, Werner Büttner, Sam Francis, K.O. Götz, Johannes Grützke, Sabrina Haunsperg, Almut Heise, Jörg Immendorff, Konrad Klapheck, Willem De Kooning, Hanns Kunitzberger, Maria Lassnig, Richard Lindner, Albert Oehlen, David Novros, Rosemarie Trockel, Werner Tübke, Cy Twombly, Wols, Haegue Yang, among others.
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany
September 4, 2020 - September 5, 2021