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THE PRESENCE OF PICTURES

GERMAN PAINTING: HIGHLIGHTS FROM SIX DECADES
Works of the Kunstmuseum Bonn at National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moskau
1 November – 16 December 2012, NCCA Moskau

Painting which once was the ultimate form of art was declared dead oftentimes, only to be resurrected in an even more glamorous way. Thus, for several years now, we have been witnesses to a renaissance in painting which has proven that its innovative power is in no way inferior to that of new media.
This is especially true for German painting which still enjoys a high international recognition. Gerhard Richter’s 80th birthday was celebrated all across Europe and artists like Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer and Katharina Grosse participate in major exhibitions all around the world.
In this context it seems even more surprising that, so far, there has not been a survey exhibition of German contemporary art in Russia, a country which itself has a long and important tradition in painting. The Kunstmuseum Bonn, the Goethe-Institut Moscow and the National Centre for Contemporary Arts Moscow aim at adjusting this deficit by presenting a panorama of over 50 years of German painting. Based on the internationally renowned collection of the Kunstmuseum Bonn including private loans, the exhibition will show works ranging from the post-war era, i.e. from Baumeister and Schumacher to Polke, Richter, Baselitz and Palermo, as wells as contemporary art by Dirk Skreber and Katharina Grosse. Complemented by photographic works by Andreas Gursky, Thomas Demand and video works by Klaus vom Bruch, Marcel Odenbach and Ulrike Rosenbach, the exhibition turns into a complex pictorial discourse reflecting in its subtext the history of a democratic, culturally vivid and innovative Germany.

The exhibition opens on 1 November 2012 at the NCCA in Moscow and will be on display until 16 December 2012. It will include works by Monika Baer, Georg Baselitz, Willi Baumeister, Klaus vom Bruch, Walter Dahn, Thomas Demand, Werner Gilles, Katharina Grosse, Andreas Gursky, Gerhard Hoehme, Imi Knoebel, Heinz Mack, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Marcel Odenbach, Blinky Palermo, A. R. Penck, Georg Karl Pfahler, Otto Piene, Sigmar Polke, Thomas Rentmeister, Gerhard Richter, Ulrike Rosenbach, Emil Schumacher, Dirk Skreber, Günther Uecker.

A catalogue in German, English and Russian will be published with essays by Stephan Berg, Mikhail Mindlin and Christoph Schreier.

Dirk Skreber, Ohne Titel, 2000, Mischtechnik, 140 x 230 cm
Willi Baumeister, Safer 3 mit dem Keltenschwert II, 1954, Öl und Sand auf Papier, 65,3 x 81 cm
Katharina Grosse, Ohne Titel , 2001, Acryl auf Leinwand, 216 x 381 cm
Otto Piene, Feuerblume, 1965, Pigment, Feuer, Rauch auf Leinwand, 99,5 x 99,5 cm
Sigmar Polke, Lila Form , 1967, Dispersion auf Stoff, 150 x 125 cm
Gerhard Richter, Vorhang IV, 1965, Öl auf Leinwand, 200 x 190 cm