".....Höhere Wesen befehlen" Works on Paper from the Frieder Burda Collection

".....Höhere Wesen befehlen" Works on Paper from the Frieder Burda Collection
at Deutsche Bank KunstHalle
Dec 5, 2014 - Mar 8, 2015
To commemorate the Museum Frieder Burda’s 10th anniversary and the 40th anniversary of the collection, the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle is showing a large treasure trove from this collection for the first time: paper works that have never before been shown in this abundance. art, fine arts, painting
This show in the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle augments the painting highlights from the collection presented in the neighboring Kunsthalle Baden-Baden in the context of a major summer exhibition in the Museum Burda; it is dedicated to the artistic signature on paper. Here, one selected painting per artist serves as an introduction to a presentation of his drawings, watercolors, and gouaches.
The exhibition traces an arc through the art history of the second half of the 20th century. Representing the heroes of Abstract Expressionism, the “father figure” Willem de Kooning opens the exhibition for the generations of painters to follow. The main focus consists of four artists of whom Frieder Burda has been one of the most important collectors worldwide: Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke, Arnulf Rainer, and Gerhard Richter. Here, the expressive artistic gesture is taken further, called into question, or broken in various different ways. One focus of the show is the juxtaposition of important bodies of work from the Burda Collection in terms of form and content. Among these are the surprising dialogue between the drawings of de Kooning and Baselitz and the correspondence between the works of Polke and Richter, whose biographies are connected. This juxtaposition is particularly natural, as Polke explicitly investigated the work of his artist friend in a group of works.

The exhibition concludes with Neo Rauch, the first painter of a reunified Germany. Burda’s interest in expressivity and abstraction can also be seen in Rauch’s early paintings, which have only rarely been shown to the public.
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