For a long time, everything that was in any way narrative was excluded
from the perception of contemporary art. One of the most distinctive
features of Modernism is its profound aversion to all anecdote. For
some time now, however, human figures and things have again been playing
a larger role in art. If both are combined, situations are forged.
In their works, younger generation artists have focused on precisely
such situations, unravelling strange short stories before our eyes,
narrative fragments and venomous anecdotes, which show more traces
of dioxin than of vanillin.
‘Storytellers’ are realists and fantasists in equal degrees.
Their relish for spinning yarns can mesmerize us. The swindlers and
fable-tellers exert the same fascination on us as do modern chroniclers
whose richly detailed accounts make us listen with bated breath.
Fonds der Jungen Freunde/The young friends fund
Among the exhibited works are also a number of new acquisitions that
are the first works to have been purchased for the Hamburger Kunsthalle
from the ‘Fonds der Jungen Freunde’ (The young friends
fund), which was established two years ago.
List of artists:
Jonas Burgert, Gregory Crewdson, Peter Doig, Jeanne Faust, Till Gerhard,
Christian Hahn, Teresa Hubbard & Alexander Birchler, Henning Kles,
Bjørn Melhus, Neo Rauch, Dennis Scholl, Dasha Shishkin, Pia
Stadtbäumer und Ena Swansea.
Curator of the exhibition: Dr. Christoph Heinrich