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UNFINISHED STORIES

Stories from the Collection

The collection for international contemporary art at the Hamburger Kunsthalle ranks among the prominent collections of its kind in Germany. On the occasion of the museum’s 150th anniversary, large parts of the collection – master works, rare exhibits, new accessions – are being rearranged on the entire floorspace of the basement in the Gallery of Contemporary Art, and site-specific works are made visible for the visitor.

UNFINISHED STORIES tells stories in the plural form. Following three narrative threads – partially interconnected via visual axes – the presentation traces central themes and developments from the 1960s on. There is, for instance, the human figure itself and its representation in art. What is considered, here, are the relations between the individual and society, gender roles, family constellations and interpersonal relationships. Besides this, it is the material itself, its properties and specific character which become relevant. Processuality, transformation of energy and temporality serve as keywords in this context. A third narrative thread focusses on the innovative strategies pursued in art since the 1960s and 1970s, when traditional conventions were questioned and even broken with. And it is the audience itself which gained in relevance: viewers began to play a different, more active role. The idea as such was declared as art and was no longer necessarily materialized or realized. Artists like Franz Erhard Walther, Arthur Köpcke and Felix Gonzalez-Torres therefore have a central position within the presentation and are representative of an “open concept of an artwork”, which understands the viewer as finisher and accomplice of art.

UNFINISHED STORIES recounts by way of example the history of art from the 1960s up to into the 2000s; it illustrates the simultaneity of the unequal, the synchronicity and overlapping of various styles and movements. And at the same time, UNFINISHED STORIES relies on the narrative potential of art and its ability to give rise to stories that captivate, enrich, touch, irritate and provoke us – and invite us to share them with others.

 
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KP Brehmer

Correction of the National Colours
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HAMBURG SCHOOL

The 19th Century Rediscovered
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In the Light of the North

Danish Painting from the Ordrupgaard Collection
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Leonardo da Vinci

The Drawings in the Kupferstichkabinett
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Consistant. Controversial. New.

Insights into 150 Years
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Rembrandt

Masterpieces from the Collection
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100 Years of the Hamburg Secession

Encounters with the Collection
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Impressionism

Masterpieces from the Ordrupgaard Collection
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Goya, Fragonard, Tiepolo

The Freedom of Imagination
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Max Beckmann

Feminine/Masculine
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Warhol's Series and Their Sequels

Printed Graphic Works Since 1960
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De Chirico, Morandi, Carrà...

Beyond Reality
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Scenes of Townsmen and Peasants

Dutch Painting of the Golden Age
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