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New Perspectives,
New Works –
The Collection from 1945 to Today

New presentation of the Collection of Contemporary Art as of 2 April 2020

About the Exhibition

Almost a decade after the opening of the Garden Halls, the Collection of Contemporary Art in the Städel Museum is being presented in a completely new way for the first time. Starting from the central space of the Garden Halls and beginning with major works by the younger and youngest generation of contemporary artists, a history of art after 1945 will be unfolded. Works from various schools, styles and groups facilitate surprising comparisons, perspectives and visual axes between the immediate present and its roots in past decades. Through several narrative strands, the new presentation provides a refreshing access to art after 1945 which consciously enables an experience of the collection based not on chronology but rather on specific themes.
In the newly conceived arrangement, the main narrative strands of the Collection of Contemporary Art in the Städel are continued and linked in a new and more complex way. Wolfgang Tillmans’ formless, gestural photography thus hangs next to works by K. O. Götz and Raymond Hains, while the sculptures by Jessica Stockholder and Isa Genzken are juxtaposed with a fabric painting by Blinky Palermo and a sponge relief by Yves Klein. Daniel Richter’s abstract-figurative painting is interlinked with a portrait by Francis Bacon and Carsten Nicolai with Victor Vasarely’s op art. Dirk Skreber’s seemingly photorealistic painting meets Thomas Demand’s constructed, photographically captured spaces.
The result is a journey through seven decades of contemporary art which enables visitors to understand their own art history in an individual way and according to their own interests. In total, the new presentation comprises roughly 250 works by 170 artists on nearly 3,000 square metres of exhibition space. The presentation includes recent acquisitions and donations, such as works by Victor Vasarely and Miriam Cahn. Most of them were acquired for the Collection of Contemporary Art by the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert in 2007.

The Garden Halls were opened in February 2012 for the presentation of the Städel’s Collection of Contemporary Art. This extension was made possible by the support of the citizens of Frankfurt and the commitment of the Städel Museums-Verein, the cities of Frankfurt and Eschborn, the State of Hesse, the Hertie Foundation, as well as other foundations and numerous companies. The Städel Museum’s Collection of Contemporary Art is continuously expanded through generous donations from private patrons and acquisitions by the Städel Committee for the 21st Century and has received important works as loans from the corporate collections of Deutsche Bank and DZ BANK.

Curator: Martin Engler (Head of the Contemporary Art Collection, Städel Museum)
Project Management: Svenja Grosser (Graduate Trainee, Städel Museum)

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    Thomas Demand, Büro, 1995 (2007)

    Thomas Demand (*1964)
    Büro, 1995 (2007)
    C-Print, 186 × 242 cm
    DZ BANK Art Collection at the Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

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    Yves Klein, Relief éponge bleu, 1960

    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, Foto: U. Edelmann

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    Daniel Richter, The Problems of Ours, 2015

    Daniel Richter (*1962)
    The Problems of Ours, 2015
    Oil on canvas, 200 × 170 cm
    Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

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    Victor Vasarely, Rey-Tey-Ket, 1969

    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

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

    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, Foto: U. Edelmann

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    Isa Genzken, Wind I (David), 2009

    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

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    Rosemarie Trockel, Who will be in in ’99?, 1988

    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

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    Gerhard Richter, Kahnfahrt, 1965

    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)

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