Serial Attitudes

Repetition as an artistic method since the 1960s

1 November 2013 - 25 May 2014

Robert Morris (*1931) Ohne Titel, 1973
Robert Morris (*1931), Ohne Titel, 1973, Hamburger Kunsthalle, © Robert Morris / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012, Photo: Christoph Irrgang

In December 1967, a piece by the American artist Mel Bochner entitled "The Serial Attitude" was published in the contemporary art magazine Artforum. In the very first sentence, Bochner states that "Serial order is a method, not a style," making it quite clear that for him, seriality was by no means an empty shell or some kind of formal gimmickry; it was a deliberate artistic strategy. The emergence of Minimal and Conceptual art in the 1960s radically changed the concept of the artwork. Key characteristics of these art movements are serial methods, repetition, a reduction to basic, often geometric structures, and the use of industrial materials. The exhibition presents works by leading American and European exponents of Minimal and Conceptual art from the Hamburger Kunsthalle collection, supplemented by major loans from private collections.

This exhibition accompanies the exhibitions Eva Hesse. One More than One (3rd floor) and Gego. Line as Object (2nd floor) and gives viewers an opportunity to consider these two influential artists against the backdrop of their time.

Participating artists
: Josef Albers, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Bill Bollinger, Stanley Brouwn, Hanne Darboven, Dan Flavin, Douglas Huebler, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, On Kawara, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Robert Morris, Giulio Paolini, Gerhard Richter, Robert Ryman, Fred Sandback, Franz Erhard Walther.


Curators: Dr. Brigitte Kölle and Dr. Petra Roettig
Assistance: Merle Radtke
  • Robert Morris (*1931) Ohne Titel, 1973
    Robert Morris
  • Josef Albers  Study for Homage to the Square, Mild Scent, 1965
    Josef Albers
  • Robert Mangold (*1937)  Blue/Black Zone Painting III, 1996
    Robert Mangold

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