Art in the 21st Century from Private Collections

29 January to 2 May 2010

For the first time since its inauguration in 1992, the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany is honouring the commitment of private collectors with a major exhibition presenting a selection of 145 works by 57 artists from 15 private collections in Germany, France and Switzerland.

Why Curious? The exhibition throws into sharp relief the key questions that have shaped contemporary art and provides a glimpse of the art to come. It invites reflection and offers ample food for thought. All it takes the viewer to make use of that offer is a healthy dose of curiosity.
The exhibition tells the story of contemporary art in several chapters of varied comprehensiveness. Central to the narrative is the question how art responds to the current political, social and private reality. What unites all the artists presented in Curious? – the majority of whom were born in the 1960s and 70s – is that they develop their work on the basis of clear concepts and strategies. Entire groups of works rub shoulders with small, solitary pieces that make a specific point. The artists follow two main lines of enquiry that come to the fore in this exhibition. One gives rise to a radical paring down of form and a minimalist use of material, in which narrative is the result of the form, material and structure of the work; the other favours clearly legible figuration, the broad use of narrative devices and does not shy away from shocking or irritating imagery.

In view of the global cultural competition that marks the beginning of the 21st century, this new series of exhibitions at the Art and Exhibition Hall examines the potential relationship between public museums and private collections, between the representatives of historical continuity and a host of new public spaces for art.

Part of the remit of the Art and Exhibition Hall is to reflect the wider cultural landscape and the forward-looking forces that drive it. For this reason this exhibition marks the beginning of a long-term cooperation with leading private collectors of contemporary art both in Germany and in the neighbouring countries.

About Change, Collection
Sammlung Boros
Sammlung Evergreen Berlin
Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg
Collection Antoine de Galbert, Paris
Collection Marc et Josée Gensollen, Marseille
Sammlung Goetz
Sammlung Haubrok
Sammlung KiCo
Sammlung Paul Maenz, Berlin
Olbricht Collection
Privatsammlung Köln
Sammlung Ringier, Schweiz
Sammlung Gaby und Wilhelm Schürmann
Julia Stoschek Foundation e.V.


Vito Acconci
Doug Aitken
Heike Baranowsky
Hubert Becker
Karla Black
John Bock
Carol Bove
Birgit Brenner
Anthony Burdin
Patty Chang
Jake und Dinos Chapman
Hanne Darboven
Nathalie Djurberg
Cheryl Donegan
Sam Durant
Marcel Dzama
Cao Fei
Richard Fleischer
Ceal Floyer
General Idea
Wade Guyton
Philippe Halsman
Diango Hernandez
Hannah Höch
Pierre Joseph
William Kentridge
Kitty Kraus
Michael Kunze
Alicja Kwade
Lisa Lapinski
Mark Leckey
Daniel Lergon
Lucy McKenzie
Alex McQuilkin
Lorna Macintyre
Kris Martin
Mathieu Mercier
Hans Niehus
Paulina Olowska
Roman Ondák
Pavel Pepperstein
Raymond Pettibon
Peter Piller
Seth Price
Thomas Scheibitz
Tino Sehgal
Katja Strunz
Vibeke Tandberg
Mathilde ter Heijne
Mario Garcia Torres
Jens Ullrich
Cathy Wilkes
Johannes Wohnseifer
Aaron Young


Kunst des 21. Jahrhunderts aus privaten Sammlungen

Format:  24,5 x 28,0 cm, hardcover
Umfang: ca. 204 pages with color illustrations
Museum edition: 29 EUR
Trade edition: ca. 35 EUR
Verlag: Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld
ISBN 978-3-86678-380-5