Art and Space (Guided Tour in English)
|Place:||HAMBURGER BAHNHOF - MUSEUM FÜR GEGENWART - BERLIN|
|Start date:||Sunday 21, August 2011|
|End date:||Sunday 21, August 2011|
This is a guided tour for adults.
Dieter Roth's "Gartenskulptur" (Garden sculpture) fills almost a whole hall and appears to be taking over the space and the museum itself. With his tallow sculpture "Unschlitt/Tallow" Joseph Beuys filled an unused space in a pedestrian underpass. In contrast, other artists such as Franz West open up what seems to be living space, almost private in appearance. ABSALON on the other hand closes the exhibition space off by means of a room within a room, which acts as a mental space forcing one towards heightened self-perception. This tour thematizes the ways in which artists deal with space, the ways that works are presented in space and the ways in which we perceive them.
Meeting point: Kasse / Info
Admission: Hauskarte Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin 12,- Euro, discounted admission 6,- Euro, free admission for children up to the age of 18
HAMBURGER BAHNHOF - MUSEUM FÜR GEGENWART - BERLIN
Tue 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wed 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thu 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fri 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sat 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sun 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Some background information to the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
In 1996, the Hamburger Bahnhof opened with the collection belonging to the Berlin entrepreneur Dr. Erich Marx. Ever since, the Marx Collection has been a central component of the museum's inventory. Outstanding works by artists such as Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol - many of them on permanent display - have earned the collection international renown. Pieces such as Anselm Kiefer's lead pieces and even more so Andy Warhol's large "Mao" (1973) are iconic trademarks of the museum. The Marx collection is on permanent loan to the Nationalgalerie, and is presented by the curators in changing configurations.
The core of the Marx Collection revolves around five major personalities of late 20th century art: Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol. The collection contains wide-ranging ensembles of works by all five, making it possible for the museum to chart the artistic development of each from the early production all the way to the late or recent works. Several of these pieces opened up new artistic pathways, and hence enjoy the status of key works in the history of art after 1960. Among these is Robert Rauschenberg's early collage piece "Pink Door" of 1954, Andy Warhol's "Double Elvis" of 1963, and Joseph Beuys' "Straßenbahnhaltestelle" (Streetcar Stop) of 1989.
Since 1996 the museum has also housed the Joseph Beuys Media Archive, which was established in collaboration with Eva, Wenzel and Jessyka Beuys and comprises close on all surviving sound and film documentation of the artist's work. By compiling a ten-volume series, the National Gallery is currently working together with the Joseph Beuys Estate to publish some of the most important film documents on DVD. The series includes films conceived by Joseph Beuys as independent works of art on the one hand, and films documenting key actions by the artist on the other.
The core elements of the museum’s collection stem from the legacy of Berlin collector Dr. Erich Marx who assembled some of the greatest masterpieces of the mid 20th century - works from contemporary giants such as the provocative German ‘enfant terrible’ Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Anselm Kiefer. Amongst the key pieces are iconic works of art such as Warhol’s ‘Mao’ and Joseph Beuys’ installations including over 450 drawings from Beuys and 60 sketches from Andy Warhol. Conceived as a showcase for the multi-media dimension of contemporary international art the scope of the museums’ exhibits encompasses other contemporary art forms such as film, video, design and photography with installation work from Nam June Paik and experimental work from artists such as Sol Lewitt, Marchel Duchamp and Sigmar Polke and Jason Rhoades. A main emphasis of the collection is art on video and film. A collection of 1970s video art, made as a gift by Mike Steiner, as well as the Joseph Beuys-Medienarchiv form its basis.