How to be Unique: Collection Kienzle

6 Feb 2016 – 1 May 2016

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10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
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10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
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Zehlendorf, Germany

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American and European Works of Art from the 20th and 21st Centuries from the Jochen Kienzle Collection.


Starting in the fall of 2016, a selection of works from the Collection of Jochen Kienzle will find a temporary new home at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz: a good reason for the Kienzle Art Foundation to initiate an adequate farewell for the selected artworks. Supplemented by other representative pieces from Jochen Kienzle’s collection, they will be presented to the public in Berlin. A total of 31 international artists from three generations and from eight nations will be featured in two spaces. The dominant aspect is the dialogue between the United States and Europe.

Quoting a work of Jonathan Lasker’s, the show HOW TO BE UNIQUE celebrates the departure of the collection, while at the same time offering new insights into it. It exposes the communication between generations of artists and their oeuvres as revealed by this extraordinary compilation. The expansion of the Kienzle Art Foundation to another site is thus not only of pragmatic nature. Supported by the Kienzle Art Foundation, cavuspace is a young project space in the process of establishing itself and its goal of combining art as cultural form with social research.

HOW TO BE UNIQUE is the result of a (self) reflection of the collection and the resulting innovative perception of it. The exhibition explores the interlacing of textual, structural, and lingual elements and painting with a special emphasis on their material manifestations. From this, two tendencies emerge: On the one hand, informal, abstract, non-representational, conceptual painting characterized by its inherent discourse on painting. Seemingly paradoxical, it makes clear that especially due to its egocentricity, painting is capable of reaching out into other artistic territories. On the other hand, we have works based on text, film, charts that, thanks to their codes – like language, color, structure, form – can in turn once more be related to painting. What is special about the individual works appears to be their immanence, enabling them to communicate with other artworks in the collection. The exceptional character of this collection is its special composition, leading to innovative interpretations of the works that may result in unprecedented new adjustments for each piece. Mutually corresponding, new constellations of images emerge; each image may be freshly interpreted and contrasted with its original meaning. The new space will help to maximize this internal communication.


Artists: Fareed Armaly, Monika Baer, Michael Ballou, Wolfgang Betke, Francois Joseph Chabrillat, Marieta Chirulescu, Elizabeth Cooper, Cheryl Donegan, Louise Fishman, Jack Goldstein, Gerald Jackson, Jasmine Justice, Paul Klee, Josef Kramhöller, Ferdinand Kriwet, Claudia Kugler, David Lamelas, Ketty La Rocca, Jonathan Lasker, Bertold Mathes, Klaus Merkel, Alfred Müller, Marcus Neufanger, David Reed, Anna Oppermann, Verena Pfisterer, Dominik Sittig, Gary Stephan, Jos van Merendonk, Franz-Erhard Walther, Jack Whitten, Christopher Williams
Curatorial Advisor: Bertold Mathes

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