The exhibition is the first presentation of this priceless private contemporary art collection to take place in Poland
Marx collection, Atlas Sztuki Łódź, photo provided by organiser
The exhibition is the first presentation of this priceless private contemporary art collection to take place in Poland.
The valuable art pieces by a range of outstanding artists of the Marx Collection are permanently deposited in Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. The collection comes to Poland for this special eight-week exhibition.
The artworks presented within the exhibition document the history of contemporary art from 1970s through to today. The 1970s and 1980s are represented by German artists from the Neue Wilde movement (Martin Disler, Walter Dahn, Reiner Fetting, Salomé) as well as the Italian Transavantgarde painters (Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi).
A key facet of this exhibition are Anselm Kiefer's works, in which Tachisme, conceptual art and Arte Povera are combined to create monumental "historical paintings".
The same period in art in America is shown in the paintings by Julian Schnabel – a representative of New Image Painting, the author of collages which continue the American tradition of "unhierarhic painting".
The 1990s are represented by Fiona Rae – a member of the Young British Artists (YBA) movement. Her works are considered within the framework of post-modern abstract expressionism.
At the beginning of the 21st century a figurative approach began to dominate painting. This tendency is represented in the Marx Collection by German and Polish artists like: Wilhelm Sasnal, Tim Eitel, Eberhard Havekost, Rafał Bujnowski and Roman Lipski.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with critical texts and essays about the expansion and evolution of painting in the four last decades. Theses proposed in the essays are illustrated by the art works presented at the exhibition.
Atlas Sztuki, Łódź: 21.10.2011 – 18.12.2011;
The National Museum in Szczecin: 27.01.2012 – 22.04.2012
Organiser: The National Museum in Szczecin
This event is part of the Attention Culture! Cultural Programme of the 2011 Polish EU Presidency.
Event description provided by the organisers.