BACK TO THE PRESENT NEW PERSPECTIVES, NEW WORKS – THE COLLECTION FROM 1945 TO TODAY

New presentation of the collection of contemporary art
FROM 19 MAY 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

Starting on 19 May 2020 – nearly a decade after the opening of the Garden Halls – the Städel Museum’s Collection of Contemporary Art will be presented anew for the first time. A history of art after 1945 fans out proceeding from the central square of the Garden Halls, which cover an area of some 3,000 square metres, beginning with major works of art dating from the recent past to the present. A total of approximately 230 works by 170 artists of various schools, styles and groups will reveal surprising comparisons, viewpoints and visual axes between the immediate present and its roots in past decades. In honour of the occasion, a large number of the museum’s most recent acquisitions and gifts will be on exhibit for the first time, for example works by Miriam Cahn (b 1949), René Daniëls (b 1950), Carlos Cruz-Diez (1923–2019), Jimmie Durham (b 1940), Asta Gröting (b 1961) and Victor Vasarely (1906–1997). With a wide array of narrative threads, the new presentation will allow experiencing post-1945 art from a thematic rather than a chronological point of view. The dissolution of the depicted object in formless, abstract painting, as seen in works of different decades, will be one thematic focus; another will be the advent of gestural painting and its impact on the generations that followed. The presentation will also address itself to the aesthetic of geometry and objects of everyday life – an aspect that turns up time and again in the period in question, charged with ever new meanings and references – in all its various forms and thematic premises. As visitors make their way through the rooms and squares of the Garden Halls, they will moreover gain insights into how the figure found its way back into the picture, how painting conquered – real – space, how the alleged competitors painting and photography entered into a mutual exchange, and much more.

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Miriam Cahn
Muttertier (*1949) (original title), 1998
Oil on canvas
84 × 100 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Photo: Städel Museum

Miriam Cahn, Muttertier (*1949) (original title), 1998

Wolfgang Tillmans (*1968)
Knotenmutter (original title), 1994
C-Print
180 × 135 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V..
courtesy of Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne
Photo: Städel Museum

Wolfgang Tillmans, (*1968) Knotenmutter (original title), 1994

Robert Breer (1926–2011)
Untitled, ca. 1950
Oil on canvas
164 × 133,5 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
© 2017 Robert Breer. Courtesy of the Artist's Estate

Robert Breer, (1926–2011) Untitled, ca. 1950

Helmut Middendorf (*1953)
Electric Night, 1979
Distemper on untreated cotton
200 × 300 cm
Deutsche Bank Collection at Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Helmut Middendorf, Electric Night, 1979

Thomas Scheibitz (*1968)
EX, 1997
Oil on canvas
140 × 110 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Thomas Scheibitz, EX, 1997

Michel Majerus (1967–2002)
MoM Block nr. 27, 1998
Acrylic on cotton
Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
© Michel Majerus Estate, 2020

Michel Majerus, MoM Block nr. 27, 1998

Thomas Demand (*1964)
Büro, 1995 (2007)
C-Print
186 × 242 cm
DZ BANK Art Collection at the Städel Museum, 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)
Kahnfahrt, 1965
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
200 × 170 cm
Deutsche Bank Collection at the 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)
Relief éponge bleu, 1960
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: Städel Museum

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: Städel Museum – U. Edelmann

Francis Bacon, Study for the Nurse in the Film „Battleship Potemkin“ by Eisenstein, 1957

Exhibition view
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BACK TO THE PRESENT: New Perspectives, New Works

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BACK TO THE PRESENT: New Perspectives, New Works

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BACK TO THE PRESENT: New Perspectives, New Works

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BACK TO THE PRESENT: New Perspectives, New Works

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BACK TO THE PRESENT: New Perspectives, New Works

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BACK TO THE PRESENT: New Perspectives, New Works

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Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

BACK TO THE PRESENT: New Perspectives, New Works

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BACK TO THE PRESENT: New Perspectives, New Works

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BACK TO THE PRESENT: New Perspectives, New Works

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BACK TO THE PRESENT: New Perspectives, New Works

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BACK TO THE PRESENT: New Perspectives, New Works

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BACK TO THE PRESENT: New Perspectives, New Works

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ZURÜCK IN DIE GEGENWART. Neue Perspektiven, Neue Werke

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BACK TO THE PRESENT: New Perspectives, New Works

Exhibition view: Close Up
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BACK TO THE PRESENT: New Perspectives, New Works

Exhibition view: Close Up
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BACK TO THE PRESENT: New Perspectives, New Works

Exhibition view
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