- Kunsthalle Hamburg, UNFINISHED STORIES
To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is staging the exhibition called UNFINISHED STORIES, much of its international contemporary art collection, also one of the most extensive and sought-after in Germany. Visitors to UNFINISHED STORIES can enjoy masterworks, rarely seen pieces, new acquisitions and site-specific works being displayed again for the first time in many years in the 1300-square-metre extension of the Galerie der Gegenwart (Gallery of Contemporary Art) designed by Oswald Mathias Ungers in 1996. More than 20 exhibition rooms and 150+ works showcase the history of art from the 1960s to the 2000s in an exemplary manner, displaying the simultaneity of diversity, juxtaposition and overlapping of different styles and movements. UNFINISHED STORIES focuses in particular on the narrative potential of art and how it can tell captivating, enriching, touching, irritating and provocative stories, inviting us to develop them further.
The exhibition is curated by Brigitte Kölle with the scientific assistance of Ann-Kathrin Hubrich, and it tells its stories in the plural form. Organized in various narrative threads, the exhibition covers several central themes in art that have been re-examined repeatedly across the generations: for instance, human beings and our relationship with gender, nation and society (A. R. Peck, Bernhard Heisig, Sigmar Polke, Andy Warhol), along with the resulting – at times critical – images of the self and the other (Maria Lassnig, Rebecca Horn, Annette Messager, Tom Wesselmann, Allen Jones). And family structures, romantic relationships and interpersonal connections, in general, all come under close scrutiny (Paul McCarthy, Abramović/Ulay, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Gerhard Richter). Even the material gains prominence. The notions of process, energy transformation and time are all keywords in this context (Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Andreas Slominski, Anna Oppermann). Another narrative thread highlights the innovative strategies pursued in art since the 1960s that called traditional conventions into question. Indeed, visitors and viewers are much more to the forefront; they play an active role, things have also changed in how art is received and perceived. Franz Erhard Walther, Arthur Köpcke and Felix Gonzalez-Torres, therefore, occupy a central position in UNFINISHED STORIES, as representatives of a concept that sees art as a collaborative practice involving the viewer as a finisher of the work.
You can visit the UNFINISHED STORIES exhibition in person, respecting all the physical distancing regulations, until 29 August 2021.
Exhibition UNFINISHED STORIES
30 August 2019 to 29 August 2021
curated by Brigitte Kölle with the scientific assistance of Ann-Kathrin Hubrich
Images: see captions - Kay Riechers, Christoph Irrgang
Find out more: https://www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de/