Drawings and Sculptures from the
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Mannheimer Kunstverein and the Kunstverein
On January 22, an exhibition shown
simultaneously in two art organizations in Baden-Würrtemberg will be
opened; around 100 works investigate the many-layered connection between
drawing and sculpture. Following the show "Dialogue Sculpture," which was
curated by Dr Ariane Grigoteit and consisted of works from the Deutsche
Bank Collection, met with considerable response when shown in 2005 at the
Kunstforum Seligenstadt, the current exhibition has been broadened to
include additional international works.
Arp, Arpade, 1958
Collection, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2006
you sit down on it, it’s a chair. If you walk around it and look at it,
it’s a sculpture. You can view every work of art as an image or as an
object. These are contradictions that can’t be solved – so shut up and
look!” An artist and carpenter in one, this was how Richard
Artschwager commented on the ambivalence that both connects and
differentiates between drawing and sculpture.
exhibition at the Kunstverein
Ludwigshafen and the Mannheimer
Kunstverein is dedicated to this vibrating dialogue between the media:
the interplay between two-dimensional drawing and three-dimensional space.
Around 100 sculptures and paper works from the Deutsche
Bank Collection can be seen, offering a cross-section of international
art after 1945. In spatial terms, dialogue is another main concept of the
exhibition shown at the two art organizations in Mannheim and
Ludwigshafen: a dialogue across the River Rhine, crossing boundaries in
the sense of the Rhine-Neckar river valleys.
Sander, Hühnerei poliert, 1994
Bank Collection, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2006
more than 25 years, the Deutsche Bank Collection – the largest corporate
collection worldwide – has been concentrating primarily on works on and
with paper. Under the motto “Art at the Workplace,” the collection, which
today amasses over 50,000 international works of art, can be seen in the
buildings and branches of the bank worldwide. For the show Dialogue
Sculpture, around 100 sculptures and works on paper left their
permanent locations to present a panorama of movements in international
post-war art at the Mannheimer Kunstverein. The selection ranges from Hans
Arp’s bronze The Shell of Venus (1958) and Erwin
Heerich’s cardboard sculpture from the Frankfurt office of Dr
Josef Ackermann to the Folded Drawings of Bruce
Nauman heretofore shown exclusively at Deutsche Bank New York.
Karl Hartung, Mittlerer Torso, 1948
Beuys , Dieter Roth,
Inge Mahn , Richard
Artschwager, and Ulrich
Rückriem, artistic positions are shown that have radically
expanded the active radius of sculpture since the sixties. Stephan
Metzel, and Martin
Kippenberger are presented in the exhibition as representatives of a
younger generation. Another highlight is the Maquette for Sun Disc/Moon
Shadow V (1956-58), a steel sculpture by the famous American
Nevelson, who will be traveling from New York to Germany especially
for the occasion.
Slominski, Gestohlene Luftpumpe, 1998
The show of more recent
contemporary art opens at the Kunstverein Ludwigshafen. Andreas
Slominski’s Traps, a work commissioned by the Deutsche
Guggenheim, an institution jointly run by Deutsche Bank and the Solomon
R. Guggenheim Foundation, will be presented here. This complex
installation of the Hamburg-based artist is flanked by his studies for
Deutsche Bank’s Moment art series. Moment
launches temporary art projects in the public arena, opening up unusual
perspectives, images, ideas, and situations in various changing locations
worldwide. In 2001, for instance, for her work Shipped
Ships, the Turkish artist Ayse
Erkmen had ferries from three continents travel back and forth across
the river Main together with their native crews, while Karin
Sander presented her word sculpture wordsearch
for one day in the New York Times.
In addition, Dialogue Sculpture is presenting concepts for the
first time in Ludwigshafen, drawings and studies developed by prominent
artists such as Tobias
Eliasson, and Ilya
Kabakov for the pioneering series.
January 22 – February 26, 2006
Augustaanlage 58, Mannheim
Tuesdays to Sundays 12 – 5 p.m.
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Ludwigshafen: January 22 – March 19, 2006
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