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"ART-WORLDS IN DIALOGUE"
1999-11-05 until 2000-03-19
In this comprehensive exhibition on the art of the 20th Century,
works will be presented which were created under the profound
influence of various cultures. Beginning with masterpieces by Paul
Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brancusi, Emil
Nolde, Paul Klee, Max Ernst, Joan Miró, Wifredo Lam, Isamu
Noguchi, Ad Reinhardt, and others, the art of our century will be
presented in light of the global dialogue between cultures. The
analysis of this dialogue ranges from early tribal art to the highly
differentiated, advanced civilizations of South America and Asia.
Whereas at the beginning and through the middle of this century,
this dialogue was initiated primarily by artists living in Europe and
South and North America, since the 1960s there has been
increasingly intensive participation on the part of artists living in
Asia, Africa and Australia.
These dialogues are as multifarious as the artists who conduct
them. The approximately 120 artists in this exhibition have each
found their own, highly individual ways of exploring and examining
one or more cultures. If, in the early years of this century, this
exploration and analysis took the form of visits to anthropological
museums or journeys to foreign continents in search of the primal,
today it is, more than anything else, political and social issues
which move artists to live in exile or as nomads in the West. Time
and again, artists today also often make conscious decisions to live
in other cultural environments. The contemporary artists represented
in this exhibition live for the most part in multicultural societies that
have been influenced by global dialogues.
In addition to masterpieces from the Classical Modern period, the
exhibition also presents works by artists such as Jean-Michel
Basquiat, Alighiero Boetti, Lothar Baumgarten, Francesco
Clemente, Jimmie Durham, David Hammons, Anish Kapoor, Ana
Mendieta and Nam June Paik, as well as works by younger artists of
the 1990s. Many of these artists work with new media and
site-specific installations. The artworks in this exhibition
demonstrate that the development of a universal language of art,
accompanied by a consciousness of one's own identity, will
undoubtedly become essential factors for the art of the future.