BACK TO THE PRESENT: New Perspectives, New Works

From 2 April 2020

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Back to the Present:
New Perspectives, New Works – The Collection from 1945 to Today

New presentation of the Collection of Contemporary Art
as of 2 April 2020, Garden Halls

Almost a decade after the opening of the Garden Halls, the Collection of Contemporary Art in the Städel Museum is being presented in a completely new way for the first time. Starting from the central space of the Garden Halls and beginning with major works by the younger and youngest generation of contemporary artists, a history of art after 1945 will be unfolded. Works from various schools, styles and groups facilitate surprising comparisons, perspectives and visual axes between the immediate present and its roots in past decades. Through several narrative strands, the new presentation provides a refreshing access to art after 1945 which consciously enables an experience of the collection based not on chronology but rather on specific themes. The dissolution of the depicted object into abstract, formless paintings is conveyed across several decades, as is the simultaneous entry of gestural painting and its effects on the following decades. The aesthetics of geometry and objects of everyday life, which are repeatedly charged with new meanings and references, are also presented in their various forms and thematic points of reference. On their tour through the open spaces of the Garden Halls, visitors can retrace how the figure finds its way back into the picture, how painting conquers – real – space or how the seemingly competing media of painting and photography find a mutual exchange.

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Thomas Demand (*1964)
Büro, 1995 (2007)
C-Print
186 × 242 cm
DZ BANK Art Collection at the Städel Museum,
Frankfurt am Main
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Thomas Demand, Büro, 1995 (2007)

Rosemarie Trockel (*1952)
Who will be in in ’99?, 1988
Wool, 210 × 160 cm
DZ BANK Art Collection at the Städel Museum,
Frankfurt am Main
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Rosemarie Trockel, Who will be in in ’99?, 1988

Gerhard Richter (*1932)
Oil on canvas
150 × 190 cm
Sammlung Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© Gerhard Richter (31102019)

Gerhard Richter, Kahnfahrt, 1965

Daniel Richter (*1962)
The Problems of Ours, 2015
Oil on canvas
Städel Museum,
Frankfurt am Main
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Daniel Richter, The Problems of Ours, 2015

Isa Genzken (*1948)
Wind I (David), 2009
Mirror foil, c-prints, spray paint, lacquer, tape and metal on plastic foil
198 × 300 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Isa Genzken, Wind I (David), 2009

Yves Klein (1928–1962)
Sponge, stone and pigments on wood and canvas
145 × 116 cm
Städel Museum,
Frankfurt am Main
© The Estate of Yves Klein / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Photo: U. Edelmann

Yves Klein, Relief éponge bleu, 1960

Victor Vasarely (1906–1997)
Rey-Tey-Ket, 1969
Acrylic on canvas
160 × 160 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Victor Vasarely, Rey-Tey-Ket, 1969

Francis Bacon (1909–1992)
Study for the Nurse in the Film „Battleship Potemkin“ by Eisenstein, 1957
Oil on canvas
198 × 142 cm, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Photo: U. Edelmann

Francis Bacon, Study for the Nurse in the Film „Battleship Potemkin“ by Eisenstein, 1957
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31 Mar. 2020, 11.00 am
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