Since the end of the 1980s, the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung has built up under the guidance of the curators Heinz Liesbrock (Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop), Dieter Schwarz (Kunstmuseum Winterthur) and Thomas Weski (Haus der Kunst, Munich) a remarkable collection of international contemporary art. The wide panorama established by the collection, which alongside painting and sculpture also includes to a substantial degree photography and video works, finds its conceptual orientation through the search for comparable visual concepts in works employing various media. Without wishing thereby to weaken the possible ethical and social impulses evinced by the collected works, a central impulse emerges in the focus upon a visuality of the artwork whose multiplicity of meanings and appeal to the senses disallow any fixed definitional determinations. After individual aspects of the collection have been presented in various contexts in recent years, the two-part exhibition in the Kunstverein Hannover now offers for the first time the opportunity of a genuinely comprehensive survey. What thereby comes into view is a –particularly in comparison with many private collections – deliberately developed and strictly executed approach to collecting whose significance resonates far beyond the borders of Lower Saxony. In accordance with the dialogue-like structure of the collection, the exhibitions have been developed in spatially staged pairings in which the positions taken by diverse media are brought into contact in order to examine both their points of comparison and their differences.
Artists Act 1:
*Robert Adams, William Christenberry, Hanne Darboven, Tacita Dean, Helmut Dorner, William Eggleston, Ulrich Erben, Lee Friedlander, Isa Genzken, Tamara Grcic, Gerhard Richter, Judith Joy Ross, Thomas Schütte, Garry Winogrand, Jerry Zeniuk..
Artists Act 2:
Diane Arbus, Bernd und Hilla Becher, Tacita Dean, Patrick Faigenbaum, Pia Fries, Gotthard Graubner, Dieter Kiessling, Sigmar Polke, Norbert Prangenberg, Ulrich Rückriem, Thomas Ruff, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Thomas Scheibitz, Michael Schmidt, Andreas Slominski.
Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue of the collection.