Albert Oehlen, Raum für phantasievolle Aktionen, 1983, Kunstmuseum Bonn, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, photo: Reni Hansen, Kunstmuseum Bonn

Space for Imaginative Actions

The presentation takes a comprehensive look at the collection of contemporary art, which is presented anew from different perspectives in twenty rooms. In addition to painting, installations, film and photography can be seen.

The exhibition includes works that are important for the profile of the collection along with new acquisitions, gifts and loans from private collections. It combines monographic and thematic groups of works from Sigmar Polke to Monika Baer, from Tamara Grcic, Shannon Bool and Norbert Schwontkowski all the way to John Bock. A complex pathway arises for encountering the works: Outside and inside spaces can be walked into, are measured cartographically, are opened into uncertain interiors; the body is declared to be a battle zone; faces transform themselves into masks, the self plays various roles. Painting reveals itself to be tangled texture and smooth surface, orderly and disorderly overlapping, an alchemical mixture of exoticism and popular culture. Materials engage in extended discussions, photographic series gather the world into flexible repositories, painting and photography investigate the simultaneity of the clear and the unclear.
The museum becomes a “space for imaginative actions” (Albert Oehlen).

Participating artists:

Adam Adach, Horst Antes, Thomas Arnolds, John Bock, Jadé Fadojutimi, Max Frintrop, Bruno Goller, Tamara Grcic, Olav Christopher Jenssen, Maximilian Kirmse, Jürgen Klauke, Michel Majerus, Albert Oehlen, Ulrich Rückriem, Kristina Schuldt, Norbert Schwontkowski

(This list corresponds to the change of works that are currently on display due to renovation work)


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