Schatzhaus & Labor 25 Jahre Museum Kurhaus Kleve 23.07.2022–29.01.2022 19.07.2022

A review of the exhibition history of the Museum Kurhaus Kleve.

The Museum Kurhaus Kleve, one of the important art museums in North Rhine-Westphalia, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2022. This provides a welcome occasion to take stock of the diversity of contemporary art with regard to the past exhibition history, the acquisitions associated with it, and especially the artists involved in it. With "Schatzhaus & Labor" a multi-layered exhibition organism is presented, which in its concentration on 25 positions tells a multi-faceted identity story of the Museum Kurhaus Kleve. They are complemented by 5 new artistic positions never shown in Kleve before, which give new impulses and act like mirrors of our present time.

The interweaving of memory and new beginnings is the leitmotif of the selection as well as a questioning of the possibilities of artistic activity in general. For in a world that is inevitably moving in catastrophe mode, the freedom and intensity of art remain indispensable stimuli of spiritual survival.

It is precisely at this interface that the Museum Kurhaus Kleve has located itself for a quarter of a century and hopefully will continue to do so in the future: as a treasure house of cultural preservation and a laboratory of innovative designs.

The Viehof Collection is pleased to support this comprehensive exhibition with works by Isa Genzken, Stephan Balkenhol, and Robert Indiana.

Participating artists

John Akomfrah / Carl Andre / Stephan Balkenhol / Lucas Blalock / Birgit Brenner / Ulrich Erben / Pia Fries / Katharina Fritsch / Isa Genzken / Yann Gerstberger /  Franz Gertsch /  Franka Hörnschemeyer / Axel Hütte / Cristina Iglesias / Robert Indiana / Via Lewandowsky / Richard Long / Mario Merz / Ragen Moss / Giuseppe Penone /  Stephen Prina / Thomas Ruff / Michael Sailstorfer / Pietro Sanguineti / Andreas Schmitten / Gregor Schneider / Thomas Schütte / Haim Steinbach / Paloma Varga Weisz / Johannes Wald

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog .

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A new position for the Viehof Collection

More than 20 works by Dieter Nuhr are now in the private possession of the Viehof family. This konvolut, which has been expanded over the past few years and finely selected from various groups of works, will now officially be made available to the collection.

Dieter Nuhr has long been one of Germany's best-known satirists. In contrast, probably only a few people know that after studying art with a focus on painting, he devoted himself to photography. The works are created on his travels through remote and exotic places around the world, which Nuhr captures in an almost archival manner.

"In the course of my exploration of living space while traveling, I make a picture of the world. To look around, to see, to experience, to archive, there is the meaning of traveling as of life. We move through time and space, experience, act and remember," says Dieter Nuhr.

But Nuhr's photographs are more than snapshots of places and objects. Through subjectively chosen cropping and image composition, the artist creates independent images, detached from the material context, that seem closer to abstract painting than to photography. Nuhr refers to this transformation as "digital painting." The photographic work becomes more than a mere image. Poetically charged, Nuhr's images combine what is seen with subjective memories and ideas. Image of reality, real materiality and intangible unreal interact.

The artist explains, "A picture is a reflection surface. The image of the landscape is the occasion for conscious perception and association. What the viewer takes away from the picture and what thoughts he develops is up to him. Art is always just a suggestion."


Exhibition recommendations:

03.04. - 15.05.2022: Kunstverein Ulm, "Die Ferne durchmessen"
07.05. - 19.06.2022: Osthaus-Museum Hagen: "Von Fernen umgeben"

Deichtorhallen Hamburg presents one of the most significant German private collections of contemporary art at two locations, the Hall for Contemporary Art and the Falckenberg Collection in Hamburg-Harburg. The Viehof Collection, which includes important works from the Speck Collection and the Rheingold Collection, brings together over 950 works in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installations, and video with an emphasis on German art from the post-war era to today. Both catalog and exhibition focus on outstanding groups of work by individual artists including Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Candida Höfer, Jörg Immendorff, Sigmar Polke, Daniel Richter and Rosemarie Trockel.

This comprehensive exhibition in Hamburg, put together entirely from the works of the collection and curated by Dirk Luckow, reveals for the first time the extraordinary range of this collection in an overview of Minimalism, represented by names such as Carl Andre and Dan Flavin, via the 1980s in Cologne defined by Walter Dahn, Georg Herold, Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen, the Düsseldorf School of Photography with Struth, Ruff and Sasse right up to the promising field of figurative art of the 21st century showcasing works by André Butzer, Peter Doig, Thomas Houseago, Jonathan Meese, Neo Rauch, Tal R, Corinne Wasmuth and many others.

The bilingual catalogue (German/ English) is avaliable at Snoeck Verlag for 58,00 Euros. Published by Dirk Luckow with essays by Philipp Kiaser, Dirck Luckow, Susanne Titz, Wolfgang Ulrich et al. as well as short texts on particular collecting areas. 360 pages, 410 illustrations in colour.

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Deichtorhallen Hamburg/Sammlung Falckenberg Hamburg-Harburg, 1.10.2016 – 15.01.2017

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