Now Is The Time
25 years collection Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Andreas Gursky, Sarah Morris, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Neo Rauch, Firelei Báez, and many more: collection exhibition extended through October 13, 2019
We’re extending! Twenty-five years, more than 600 works—because our collection is so extensive and multifaceted, we are giving our visitors a little more time to explore our anniversary exhibition Now Is The Time. Through October 13, the large hall of the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg will be dedicated to our collection exhibition, before some of the works will travel on to be shown in various other international exhibitions. On the anniversary weekend alone, roughly 2,500 visitors took advantage of this unique opportunity.
Andreas Gursky, Jörg Immendorf, Sarah Morris, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Gilbert & George, Nam June Paik, Neo Rauch—you will find major players as well as important new discoveries such as Firelei Báez and Mariana Vassileva. Paintings alongside photographs, sculptures and expansive installations, as well as video and sound works: The anniversary exhibition provides the most comprehensive insight into the collection to date. It focuses on works from the last five decades and has a far-reaching national and international impact.
A new perspective within the frameworks of the anniversary exhibition: Helmut Federle
During the course of the exhibition, the opportunity arose to present all three works by the painter Helmut Federle from the collection for the first time: Basics on Compositions XXXV (1992), Color of Monday Morning (2000–03), and Lima Suburbs II (2009). Federle, professor at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf from 1999 to 2007, repeatedly develops new harmonious pictorial compositions with, among other things, geometric patterns or the letters of his name. From clear structures to prismatic, spherical light conditions, the works on view in the Kunstmuseum demonstrate the broad range of his artistic oeuvre.
Founded in 1994, the collection now unites more than 600 installations, work groups, and individual works by 100 artists. The key year of the collection is 1968. Almost all the works were created after this epoch-making turning point in contemporary history. In the exhibition, the spectrum ranges from works not shown for quite some time to the most recent acquisitions: from Franz Ackermann via Christian Boltanski and Elizabeth Peyton to Fiona Tan, and Thomas Zipp. In recent years, it has been possible to once again substantially expand the collection—above all with global, female, and political positions—especially thanks to the support of donations from private individuals and the Circle of Friends of the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg.
Artists in the exhibition
Franz Ackermann, Carl Andre, Nobuyoshi Araki, John M Armleder, Katie Armstrong, Richard Artschwager, Caroline Bachmann & Stefan Banz, Firelei Báez, Christian Boltanski, Stanley Brouwn, Tony Cragg, Jan Dibbets, Burhan Doğançay, Helmut Federle, Peter Fischli/David Weiss, Gilbert & George, Gauri Gill, Liam Gillick, Douglas Gordon, Andreas Gursky, Brian Harte, Eberhard Havekost, Jeppe Hein, Georg Herold, Gary Hill, Jörg Immendorff, Christian Jankowski, Sergej Jensen, In Sook Kim, Imi Knoebel, Ola Kolehmainen, Jeff Koons, Jannis Kounellis, Michel Majerus, Joseph Marioni, Maix Mayer, Gerhard Merz, Radenko Milak, Sarah Morris, Julian Opie, Nam June Paik, Verner Panton, Daniel Pflumm, Otto Piene, Julius Popp, Prajakta Potnis, Neo Rauch, Thomas Schütte, Cindy Sherman, Beat Streuli, Fiona Tan, Mariana Vassileva, Jeff Wall, James Welling, Tim Wolff, Erwin Wurm, Thomas Zipp.