Repetition as an artistic method since the 1960s
Continues until 25 May 2014
Robert Mangold (*1937) Blue/Black Zone Painting III, 1996, 228,6 x 503,6 cm acrylic and black pencil on canvas, Photo: Ellen Page Wilson, Courtesy Pace Gallery, Dauerleihgabe der Stiftung für die Hamburger Kunstsammlungen © Hamburger Kunsthalle, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013
The exhibitions Eva Hesse. One More than One and Gego. Line as Object create a fascinating dialogue between the work of Eva Hesse (1936–1970) and Gego (1912–1994) – two influential artists who were both born in Hamburg. Each in their own way, Hesse and Gego developed pioneering sculptural approaches in the late 1960s. Their distinctive language of form and innovative use of materials continue to inspire younger generations of artists.
Accompanying these exhibitions is a collection display entitled Serial Attitudes. Repetition as an artistic method since the 1960s, which features Minimal Art and 'object art' from the 1960s and 70s. In this group show, which is being presented on the 1st floor of the Galerie der Gegenwart, selected works from the Hamburger Kunsthalle collection are supplemented by major loans from private collections in Hamburg. The focus is on works from the 1960s and 70s by leading European and American artists who developed new ideas and exchanged views on key artistic issues such as seriality, repetition, process and materials during this period. They include Joseph Beuys, Bill Bollinger, Hanne Darboven, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Robert Morris and Fred Sandback.
From the end of November 2013 until spring 2014, therefore, exhibitions across three floors of the Galerie der Gegenwart are addressing related themes and examining them from different angles. Curated by Dr Brigitte Kölle and Dr Petra Roettig, the co-directors of the Galerie der Gegenwart, this exceptionally broad and enlightening overview pays special tribute to two internationally renowned women artists who were both born in Hamburg. Seventy-five years after they were forced to leave Germany, Eva Hesse and Gego are finally being given the recognition they deserve in their native city.