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Series

Prints from Warhol to Wool

The Department of Prints and Drawings at the Hamburger Kunsthalle owns an outstanding collection of print series which, with the exception of Andy Warhol’s (1928–1987) silkscreen prints, have rarely or never been shown before. Now the exhibition SERIES offers visitors the opportunity to view these hidden treasures in combination with some supplementary works on loan in order to learn more about the tradition of the serial print and its development in contemporary art. With his famous screen prints of Campbell’s Soup (1968) and portraits of Marilyn (1967), Warhol made the serial repetition of images his personal trademark. Taking these works as starting point, the exhibition traces the »consequences« of the graphic revolution that took place around 1960. Explicitly political cycles will be shown, for example, such as David Hockney’s (b. 1937) A Rake’s Progress (1961-63), inspired by the eponymous series by the socially critical eighteenth-century artist William Hogarth. A further focus is on recent acquisitions by young artists, such as the series Mid Sentence (2018) by Nina Canell (b. 1979), purchased with the support of the Freunde der Kunsthalle e. V. With a total of around 300 works, the show demonstrates the striking visual and political power wielded by graphic series.

The series is understood here as an open and non-hierarchical structure that offers numerous possibilities for arrangement, for example in the form of variations or sequences. At the same time, it is defined by the rhythmic interaction of its individual parts and the whole. This interplay between the sheets within a series, along with the interactions between print media, and the cooperation between artists and printers in the process of making art prints, are aspects highlighted for the first time in this exhibition, documented here by films and interviews. Also addressed are new printmaking techniques.

In the mid-1960s, the Pop Art and Fluxus movements elevated the print to one of the most important artistic media. New graphic techniques such as screen printing and offset, using aggressive colours and high-impact motifs, allowed not only for large print runs but also unprecedented ways of reproducing imagery in the popular print and advertising media. In addition to Pop Art, it was above all Minimal Art and Conceptual Art with their graphic sequences that put the serial reproduction of print media in the spotlight. Warhol’s experiments became the very epitome of serial art, illustrating the heyday of print media in marketing and advertising.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue (in German and English) and a series of talks in which artists (including Thomas Schütte and Nina Canell) and printers talk about their collaboration. SERIES is being organised in close cooperation with the internationally known Griffelkunst-Vereinigung Hamburg e. V., which will work with the Hamburger Kunsthalle to host a colloquium on contemporary prints.

With SERIES, the Kunsthalle continues its detailed exploration of graphic works, the results of which were presented most recently in the successful exhibitions Drawing Rooms: Trends in Contemporary Graphic Art I + II (2016/2017) and Artist’s Books (2017/2018).

Featured artists: Josef Albers, Ulla von Brandenburg, John Cage, Nina Canell, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Donald Judd, Maria Lassnig, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Lindner, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Dieter Roth, Fred Sandback, Thomas Schütte, Frank Stella, Rosemarie Trockel, Victor Vasarely, Wolf Vostell, Andy Warhol, Christopher Wool, and many more.

Supported by: Freunde der Kunsthalle e. V. 

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Max Beckmann

feminine-masculine
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Raffael

in the Collection of the Hamburger Kunsthalle
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Magical Reality
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From Menzel to Monet

The Wolffson Collection in Hamburg
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Vija Celmins | Gerhard Richter

Double Vision
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TOYEN

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Class Society

The Dutch Golden Age
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