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German Art after 1945

While other museums were collecting on an encyclopedically broad basis, the Kunstmuseum Bonn has long been concentrating on acquiring German works of art. Therefore, only here in Bonn is it possible to experience the history of German art after 1945 in such qualitative breadth and scope, providing those who are interested in art with a true survey of its development.

All of the most significant art trends and tendencies may be found here, without any one stylistic direction receiving any particular emphasis. The principle is rather to highlight the diversity of artistic approaches, emphasized here by the fact that a lot of room is left for the artists' self-presentation. Instead of representative individual works, the Kunstmuseum Bonn presents entire rooms devoted to specific artists, impressively showing the unmistakable hand of each one.  For example, the Kunstmuseum shows groups of works by Blinky Palermo, Imi Knoebel, Helmut Federle, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Katharina Grosse, Daniel Richter, Michel Majerus, Rebecca Horn, Hanne Darboven, Wolfgang Tillmanns, Gerd and Uwe Tobias and many others. But already these names indicate that collection is presented as an exciting, and at the same time, instructive and entertaining interplay of artistic placements and experiments.

Sigmar Polke, Ohne Titel, 1981
Alex Katz, Black and Gold, 2007 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014