Travelling the World. Art from Germany
Booklet for the exhibition TRAVELLING THE WORLD (→ see also the exhibition catalogue Weltreise)
ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is presenting the touring exhibition Travelling the World. Art from Germany. Artworks from the ifa Collection, 1949 to the Present at two venues in Israel. Some of the works are shown at the Umm-el-Fahem art gallery, in a city with an almost entirely Arab population around an hour's drive from Tel Aviv. The second part of the exhibition is at the Ein Harod museum, one of the earliest kibbutz museum buildings. The two museums have been working together for many years, and are again collaborating in our project, which we are organising in close cooperation with Goethe-Institut Israel.
Drawing on ifa's large own collection of contemporary art, curators Matthias Flügge and Matthias Winzen have compiled an overview that traces artistic key developments in Germany since 1949, and present 400 works of art by over 80 artists.
The ifa collection has undergone a unique formation. Beyond the limits of a binding collecting concept, the works were selected for the ifa’s worldwide exhibition tours by the respectively commissioned curators. The proximity of these very different experts to the artists effectuated a presence of mind and pluralist awareness that ever since mark the collection’s representation of artistic events. This proximity explains why the process-oriented practices of the Fluxus movement that are so difficult to present within a museum context today constitute the emphasis of the ifa collection. In a similar manner, feminist art is documented since the 1970s as is the self-evident significance of female artists for the art scene.
The presentation of works of art from East and West Germany, brought together for the first time in such density, breaks with the artistically ineffective FRG-GDR-schism. The actual development of art does not conform to the model of political history, as many artistic parallels and underlying relations have revealed. The history of photography since the 1950s can be succinctly presented from the ifa collection. What the East-West opposition has exposed is that East German photography was the most independent visual genre within the centralist system.
Matthias Flügge and Matthias Winzen seek to honor "an internationally very successful, though within Germany barely acknowledged foundation – a kind of intellectual and artistic provisions throughout the decades."
Gerhard Altenbourg, Dieter Appelt, Willi Baumeister, Thomas Bayrle, Marc Brandenburg, Bernd und Hilla Becher, Sibylle Bergemann, Joseph Beuys, Anna und Bernhard Blume, Christian Borchert, Manfred Butzmann, Carlfriedrich Claus, Chargesheimer, Hanne Darboven, Achim Duchow, Hartwig Ebersbach, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Arno Fischer, Thomas Florschuetz, Günther Förg, Katharina Fritsch, Günter Fruhtrunk, Else (Twin) Gabriel, Rupprecht Geiger, André Gelpke, Isa Genzken, Jochen Gerz, Walter Giers, Hermann Glöckner, Karl Otto Götz, Gotthard Graubner, HAP Grieshaber, Asta Gröting, Andreas Gursky, Georg Herold, Katharina Hinsberg, Hannah Höch, Matthias Hoch, Candida Höfer, Martin Honert, Rebecca Horn, Magdalena Jetelová, Dieter Kiessling, Jürgen Klauke, Barbara Klemm, Fritz Klemm, Imi Knoebel, Herlinde Koelbl, Wilmar Koenig, Arthur Køpcke, Norbert Kricke, Mark Lammert, Walter Libuda, Markus Lüpertz, Adolf Luther, Heinz Mack, Ewald Mataré, Wolfgang Mattheuer, Olaf Metzel, Christiane Möbus, Michael Morgner, Reinhard Mucha, Marcel Odenbach, Nam June Paik, Helga Paris, A. R. Penck, Wolfgang Petrick, Otto Piene, Peter Piller, Hermann Pitz, Sigmar Polke, Robert Rehfeldt, Gerhard Richter, Klaus Rinke, Julian Röder, Ulrike Rosenbach, Dieter Roth, Thomas Ruff, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Karin Sander, Jörg Sasse, Michael Schmidt, Bernard Schultze, Gundula Schulze Eldowy, Emil Schumacher, Thomas Schütte, Wiebke Siem, Katharina Sieverding, Klaus Staeck, Otto Steinert, Strawalde, Thomas Struth, Frank Thiel, Fred Thieler, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rosemarie Trockel, Günther Uecker, Max Uhlig, Hans Uhlmann, Jorinde Voigt, Wolf Vostell, Franz Erhard Walther, Corinne Wasmuht, Trak Wendisch, Fritz Winter, Wols, Ulrich Wüst