Richard Hamilton, just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?, 1956, 26 x 25 cm, Collage, Collection Zundel, Kunsthalle, Tübingen, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009, Photo: Volker Naumann, Schönaich.

Andy Warhol, Last Supper, 1985, 305 x 671 cm, Acryl on canvas, Collection Siegfried Weishaupt, Ulm, © Artists Rights Society, New York, Photo: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., New York.

100 Years of Modern Art from Private Collections at ZKM in Karlsruhe

Jean Tinguely, Méta-Maxi, 1986, 340 x 1260 x 430 cm, Iron, wood, electric motor and diverse objects, Daimler Kunst Sammlung, Stuttgart/Berlin, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009, Photo: Rainer Jordan, Berlin.

Fernand Léger, Femme et nature morte, 1921, 49,4 x 65,3 cm, Oil on canvas, Private collection, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009, Foto: Volker Naumann, Schönaich.

Paul Cézanne, Baigneuses, 1904-1906, 31,5 x 40 cm, Reduced oil painting on canvas, Private collection, Photo: Volker Naumann, Schönaich.

Erwin Wurm, ohne Titel (Serie Hamlet), 2007, 160 x 200 cm, Digitale C-Print; Exemplar 2/5, Collection Alison and Peter W. Klein, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009, Photo: Uwe Seyl.

Lyonel Feininger, Gelbe Dorfkirche III, 1937, 80 x 100,3 cm, Oil on canvas, Collection Würth, Künzelsau, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009, Photo: Volker Naumann, Schönaich.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Liegender blauer Akt mit Strohhut, 1909, 68 x 72 cm, Oil on carton, Private collection, Photo: Ralf Cohen.

August Macke, Seiltänzerin, about 1913, 46 x 35 cm, Oil on canvas, Private collection, Photo: Foto Margit Kern.

Anton Räderscheidt, Paul Multhaupt, 1928, 120 x 90 cm, Oil on wood, Private collection, Courtesy Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Photo: Jochen Littkemann, Berlin.

Otto Dix, Melancholie, 1930, 137 x 98 cm, Oil and tempera on wood, Collection Landesbank Baden-Württemberg / Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009, Photo: Archiv Kunstmuseum Stuttgart.


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just what is it ... 100 Years of Modern Art
from Private Collections in Baden-Wuerttemberg

December 5, 2009-April 11, 2010

The anniversary exhibition just what is it ... celebrates ten years of Museum of Contemporary Art in bays 1 and 2 of Hallenbau of the ZKM presenting works from Cézanne and the expressionists to Picasso, from Baumeister to Wols, from Pollock to Rothko, from Warhol and Beuys to Baselitz, Kiefer, Kippenberger, and Rehberger, so extensively laid out and of high international renown.

On December 4, 1999, Museum of Contemporary Art opened at ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe with the goal of presenting key private collections from the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. This anniversary offers the occasion to present an exhibition showcasing the concentration of private collectors and collections here in Baden-Wuerttemberg — reaching beyond the circle of hitherto partners of the Museum of Contemporary Art — unique throughout the federal states, with extraordinary inventories in terms of both quality and quantity. Nowhere else can be found private collections, from classical modern through to contemporary art.

In celebration of its ten-year existence, the Museum of Contemporary Art will become a “Temporary Museum of the Modern Era.” One hundred years of art from the beginning of the twentieth century to the first decade of the twenty-first, will be documented on the basis of first-class, privately owned seminal works in Baden-Wuerttemberg. In this way, important developmental lines of modernity and postmodernity can be shown. In the sense of a “musée imaginaire,” the Museum of Contemporary Art will thereby become a site that enables an opulent overview of the currents and trends from the first decade of the twentieth century to the present.

just what is it ... is the beginning of the title of an incunable of Pop art: the famous collage by Richard Hamilton from 1956, which for one, can be seen on display in the exhibition, marking roughly the midpoint of the era covered. For another, just what is it ... serves as impulse for a sequence of wonderful associations that are offered to beholders at the various levels of this exhibition. From a cultural political point of view, too, this exhibition can be considered a highlight of the cultural year 2009-2010 in Baden-Württemberg, especially since it is under the patronage of Prime Minister of State Günther H. Oettinger.

The comprehensive anniversary catalogue mirrors this nationwide-unique concept, and additionally offers a clear picture of the different profiles of the individual exhibitions. Along with numerous illustrations and a chronicle of the Museum of Contemporary Art, which offers an impressive look back at the diverse exhibition program over the past ten years, various essays provide both a retrospective look at the museum’s beginnings and a view ahead to the future. In this, taken up on the one hand are Heinrich Klotz’s and Götz Adriani’s fundamental ideas from the founding era of the Museum of Contemporary Art, while on the other, Götz Adriani and Peter Weibel shed light on individual aspects of the exhibition concept and the collection inventories in Baden-Württemberg. Gregor Jansen casts a glance at the past ten years of the Museum of Contemporary Art, with its varied exhibition program. In addition, the occasion also offers the opportunity to question the status quo of art: Wolfgang Ullrich considers the art developments of the present day and cites them as emerging trends for the future.

Curator of the exhibition is Götz Adriani.

Artists in the exhibition include: Vito Acconci; Jankel Adler; Josef Albers; Carl Andre; Arman; Hans Arp; Georg Baselitz; Jean-Michel Basquiat; Willi Baumeister; Bernd und Hilla Becher; Max Beckmann; Joseph Beuys; Max Bill; Bob Bonies; Glenn Brown; Daniel Buren; Paul Cézanne; John Chamberlain; Christo; William N. Copley; Hanne Darboven; Thomas Demand; Walter Dexel; Jim Dine; Otto Dix; Lyonel Feininger; Dan Flavin; Sylvie Fleury; Lucio Fontana; Günther Förg; Otto Freundlich; Alberto Giacometti; Gilbert & George; Raimund Girke; Hermann Glöckner; Adolph Gottlieb; Werner Graeff; Gotthard Graubner; Andreas Gursky; Richard Hamilton; Keith Haring; Albert Oehlen; Erich Heckel; Candida Höfer; Hans Hofmann; Martin Honert; Thomas Huber; Johannes Itten; Alexej von Jawlensky; Allen Jones; Wassily Kandinskij; Ellsworth Kelly; Anselm Kiefer; Martin Kippenberger; Ernst Ludwig Kirchner; Yves Klein; Astrid Klein; Imi Knoebel; Willem de Kooning; Jeff Koons; Joseph Kosuth; Norbert Kricke; Wolfgang Laib; Fernand Léger; Sol LeWitt; Roy Lichtenstein; El Lissitzky; Richard Paul Lohse; Robert Longo; Morris Louis; Markus Lüpertz; August Macke; Piero Manzoni; Agnes Martin; Henri Matisse; Jonathan Meese; Mathieu Mercier; Marcello Morandini; Francois Morellet; Reinhard Mucha; Gabriele Münter; Bruce Nauman; Emil Nolde; Claes Oldenburg; Max Pechstein; Georg Karl Pfahler; Pablo Picasso; Sigmar Polke; Jackson Pollock; Charlotte Posenenske; Anton Räderscheidt; Arnulf Rainer; Robert Rauschenberg; Tobias Rehberger; Ad Reinhardt; Gerhard Richter; Pipilotti Rist; Gerwald Rockenschaub; Alexander Rodtschenko; Peter Roehr; Mark Rothko; Thomas Ruff; Oskar Schlemmer; Sean Scully; Richard Serra; Cindy Sherman; K. R. H. Sonderborg; Monika Sosnowska; Haim Steinbach; Frank Stella; Thomas Struth; Samuel Szczekacz; Jean Tinguely; Rosemarie Trockel; Cy Twombly; Günther Uecker; Victor Vasarely; Franz Erhard Walther; Andy Warhol; Franz West; Wols; Erwin Wurm; Beat Zoderer

A catalogue accompanying the exhibition will be published at Hatje Cantz Verlag. Catalogue editors are Götz Adriani and Peter Weibel with contributions from, among others, Götz Adriani, Boris Groys, Heinrich Klotz, Gregor Jansen, Peter Sloterdijk, Wolfgang Ullrich, and Peter Weibel.

Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme, 1965, 100,5 x 81 cm, Oil on canvas, Horst and Gabriele Siedle Kunststiftung, © Succéssion Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009, Photo: László Tóth, Chemnitz.

Alexej von Jawlensky, Meditation, 1935, 18 x 13,7 cm, Oil on carton, Collection Charlott & Tistou Kerstan, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009, Photo: Volker Naumann, Schönaich.

El Lissitzky, Studie (zu einer Szene der „Geschichte von den 2 Quadraten“), ca. 1920, 23,2 x 17,3 cm, Pencil, water color, gouache and collage, Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch, Collection Marli Hoppe-Ritter, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009, Photo: Archiv Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch.

Willem de Kooning, Woman with Yellow Hair, 1968, 102,2 x 66,7 cm, Oil on paper on canvas, Private collection, © The Willem de Kooning Foundation, New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009, Photo: Volker Naumann, Schönaich.

Max Beckmann, Quappi in Blau im Boot, 1926/1950, 88,5 x 58 cm, Gouache and oil on paper on carton, Collection Würth, Künzelsau, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009, Photo: Fotostudio Blatterspiel & Haftstein.

Sylvie Fleury, Formula One Dress, 1999, Evening dress (Formel 1), size 38, FER COLLECTION, © Sylvie Fleury, Photo: Volker Naumann, Schönaich.

Oskar Schlemmer, Figur von vorn, 1915/16, 91 x 42,3 cm, Oil on canvas, Private collection, Courtesy Galerie Valentien, ©  2009 Secreteriat and Archive Oskar Schlemmer, IT - 28824 Oggebbio (VB), Italy,, Photo: Galerie Valentien.

Jonathan Meese, EZ, 2002, 209,9 x 420,1 cm, Oil on canvas, Collection Rudolf and Ute Scharpff, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009, Photo: Jochen Littkemann, Berlin.

Gerhard Richter, Kerze, 1982, 100 x 100 cm, Oil on canvas, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, © Gerhard Richter 2009, Photo: Fotostudio Fritz.