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

The title Indepencia I of the installation by Peruvian artist David Zink Yi refers to the independence of the right from the left hand required to play the Cuban Batá drum. Originally introduced by Nigerian Yoruba slaves, the instrument consists of a lengthy hollow wooden cylinder the left side of which is usually used to give the beat while the melody is played on the right side. It is believed that a divine entity jumps from side to side inside the drum in order find the right rhythm.

The large wooden box created especially on occasion of the Polyphon exhibition at Langen Foundation, allows the visitor to enter the box in order to look at two video projections on each site showing men shot from behind. While one rows through the sea and the other cycles along the Malecón promenade in Havana, they both re-tell the story of the Batá drum. In this way the visitor takes on the role of the spirit, activating the installation through their presence.

With the exhibition now drawing to an end, the Viehof Collection has decided to maintain the structure in order to be able to lend it together with any future loans of the installation.

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