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Get Ready for the Art Winter:
Current Exhibitions from the Deutsche Bank Collection

The days are still too short, and the year has barely begun. But it’s worth it, especially during the winter months, to take some time aside to look at art. And there’s a number of current exhibitions to choose from showing works from the Deutsche Bank Collection or sponsored by Deutsche Bank: beginning on January 29, the exhibition No Limits, Just Edges at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin is showing little-known aspects of the work of the artist icon Jackson Pollock with a selection of drawings and works on paper, while John Baldessari can still be seen through January 16.

John Baldessari:
Tiger (Orange) and Trainer: With Three Figures (Red, Yellow, Blue),
2004, ©John Baldessari

For some, Baldessari is a typical representative of Pop Art, while others consider the 73 year-old Californian to be a conceptual artist. As is so often the case, the truth lies somewhere in between. For the Deutsche Guggenheim, the pop conceptualist has created a 13-part commissioned piece titled Somewhere Between Almost Right and Not Quite (With Orange) that pays tribute to a wide variety of influences: the movies, pure color, perception, psychology, and chaos. From Febuary 22 through March 27 the Baldessari exhibition will be shown at Neues Museum Weserburg in Bremen - this is the tenth co-production between the Deutsche Bank Collection and the museum.

Exposition view: Aus Deutscher Sicht -
Meisterwerke aus der Sammlung Deutsche Bank

From Germany to Russia and back again: in January, Deutsche Bank is present in Moscow with two exhibitions: Masterpieces from the Deutsche Bank Collection can still be seen through January 16 at the Pushkin Museum under the title From a German Perspective and ranging from German Expressionists such as Emil Nolde and Ludwig Kirchner to the Leipzig-based painting star Neo Rauch. Fresh from the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition is coming to the Moscow House of Photography on January 22: the unusual juxtaposition of 16th-century Mannerists with the cool, erotic black and white photographs of the star of the New York scene aroused controversy last year during the Deutsche Guggenheim show.

Jan Hermensz. Muller nach Adriaen de Vries: Apollo mit dem Bogen bewaffnet für den Kampf gegen die Schlange, 16. Jahrhundert
©2004 State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.
Robert Mapplethorpe, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1976
©Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

On the other hand, at the Felix Nussbaum House in Osnabrück, New Empire is showing the work of a native Muscovite through February 20 with the support of the Deutsche Bank Cultural Foundation. Maxim Kantor is one of the most important artists in Russia, and his expressive and passionate artistic excursions have also influenced the Western art scene. His paintings and etchings testify to the artist’s social responsibility; his investigations into totalitarian structures proved irksome well before the onset of Glasnost, when he took it upon himself to fight for human rights and to side with the weak and oppressed.

Miwa Yanagi: Elevator Girl House 3F, 1998,
Sammlung Deutsche Bank, © Miwa Yanagi

The synthetic photographs of the young Japanese artist Miwa Yanagi make young women grow old artificially; each lives out her idea of the future in a bizarre mise en scène. And the fantasies are numerous: holding on tight to a young man, Yuka races down the American West Coast on a motorcycle; Regine and Yoko throw extravagant parties in their home for their friends; Eriko, an aged model, ponders on her past beauty atop a grave stylized as a catwalk. After meeting with enthusiastic response among the public at last year’s Deutsche Guggenheim show in Berlin, Yanagi’s surreal visions of consumerist and teenage culture can be seen in the Mannheimer Kunstverein starting January 24.

The exhibition Robert Motherwell at the Museum Morsbroich, also sponsored by the Deutsche Bank Cultural Foundation, can be seen through January 20. Like Jackson Pollock, Motherwell belonged to the famous "New York School" and counts among the key figures of Abstract Expressionism. Over 25 years since Motherwell was last seen in a large German exhibition, the Museum Morsbroich is now showing a comprehensive retrospective.