Archive and Histories
Until 8 January 2012
in the Gallery of Contemporary Art (Galerie der Gegenwart), 2nd floor
Simon Fujiwara (*1982) , Letters from Mexico (Detail), 2010/11 , Mixed Media, Installation
© Simon Fujiwara/Hamburger Kunsthalle , Photo: Kay Riechers
Traces and archive are a central focus for the Hamburger Kunsthalle collection. Though a number of works deal directly with the actual archive itself, in many cases they deal with imaginary documents. Two new acquisitions have given us the occasion to present the topic once again: The Stiftung für die Hamburger Kunstsammlungen (Foundation for the Support of Hamburg Art Collections) and the Baloise Group have graciously supported the purchase of two works by Simon Fujiwara (*1982): the installation The Personal effects of Theo Grünberg
(2010) shows an attempt to reconstruct an unknown man's life story. In doing so, the artist purchased Grünberg's library, which consists of nearly 1000 books as well as journals, vinyl records, newspaper clippings and postcards. Letters from Mexico
(2010-2011) is inspired by written correspondence from the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés to Emperor Karl V. between 1519 and 1526, reporting on his conquests of Mexico.
Other exhibited works include those by The Atlas Group, Büro Archipel, Candida Höfer, Annette Messager, Peter Piller and Wolfgang Tillmans.
Curators: Sabrina van der Ley, Gonçalo Sousa Pinto, Petra Roettig