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Dialogue Sculpture:
Drawings and Sculptures from the Deutsche Bank Collection at the Mannheimer Kunstverein and the Kunstverein Ludwigshafen

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.

Hans Arp, Arpade, 1958
Deutsche Bank Collection, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2006

“If 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.

The current 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.

Karin Sander, Hühnerei poliert, 1994
Deutsche Bank Collection, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2006

For 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
Deutsche Bank Collection

With Joseph 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 Balkenhol, Olaf 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 sculptress Louise Nevelson, who will be traveling from New York to Germany especially for the occasion.

Andreas Slominski, Gestohlene Luftpumpe, 1998
Deutsche Bank Collection

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 Rehberger, Olafur Eliasson, and Ilya Kabakov for the pioneering series.

Mannheimer Kunstverein: January 22 – February 26, 2006
Augustaanlage 58, Mannheim
Open Tuesdays to Sundays 12 – 5 p.m. / kunstverein
Tours every Sunday at 3 p.m.
Telephone: +49621 402208

Kunstverein Ludwigshafen: January 22 – March 19, 2006
Bismarckstraße 44 – 48, Ludwigshafen
Open Tuesdays to Fridays 12 – 6 p.m.;
Saturday and Sunday 11 to 6 p.m.
Tours every Sunday at 2 p.m.
Telephone: +49621 528055