Flick Collection

Artist’s Monographs from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, one of the world’s most significant (and yes, controversial) collections of contemporary art.

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Friedrich Christian Flick Collection

This is, quite possibly, one of the world’s best designed art books. Featured within its pages are works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection—one of the world’s most significant (and yes, controversial) collections of contemporary art. But this book doesn’t merely present some 400 works by 40 artists, it also seeks, through its design, to provide an individual stage—or section—for each artist in order to highlight the artist’s philosophy, or to play off of his or her signature works of art…

Bruce Nauman

Nauman’s work has long been an indispensable part of the narrative of recent American art. This essential volume, published in DuMont’s fantastic Collector’s Choice series, treats these and other recurrent themes of his oeuvre, such as sound, language, corporeality and dance, reproducing works from across his career and and providing a new standard overview of this ever-popular artist…

Roman Signer

Deceptively simple, these ‘time sculptures’ appeal to the viewer through their mix of visual beauty, mobile poetry and pitch-perfect humour. This elegant survey of Signer’s artistic career features an essay relating his works to ideas about time, humour and the environment, and an in-depth interview with the artist, as well as 150 illustrations of his memorable time sculptures…

Jason Rhoades

Despite his untimely death at the age of 42, Los Angeles-based artist Jason Rhoades (1965-2007) left behind a large body of sculpture that seized the imagination of a generation of artists, curators and collectors in the 1990s. In this substantial new survey, Cologne-based independent curator Eva Meyer-Hermann traces the unfolding of Rhoades’work and provides revelatory interpretations of his large and intricate installations…

Thomas Schutte

A recent work, Big Spirits (1996), is a collection of larger-than-life-size aluminum figures that seem to be morphing before one’s eyes. They are at once ghost, human, and machine. Also riveting is The Innocents (1994), a series of photographs of the heads of handmade figurines, and United Enemies, A Play in Ten Scenes (1993)—offset lithographs, also of figurines wrapped in Schütte’s clothes. His watercolors are beautiful, ranging from drawings of fruit to portraits of women. Whatever the project, Schütte is tapped in to a particular humanity…

Martin Kippenberger

This is a beautiful and excitingly designed monograph containing reproductions of paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photographs and installation work, as well as a very strong reading of Kippenberger’s work by Manfred Hermes. All of the work reproduced here is in the collection of Friedrich Christian Flick, one of the best in-depth assemblages of contemporary art in the world…

Dan Graham

One of today’s most influential Conceptual artists, Dan Graham (born 1942) is one of that generation’s most eclectic practitioners, in the range of materials and disciplines he has requisitioned for his art. Graham is also an autodidact who has turned his hand and mind to many disciplines: photography, performance, audio, film and video installations, sculptures and architecture have all played a role in his activities. Graham has also authored numerous articles on music and art. In this superb survey of several decades’ worth of activity, replete with color illustrations and commentary by the artist, Gregor Stemmrich traces the fascinating unfolding of Graham’s career…

Rodney Graham

On Graham’s meandering itinerary through photography, literature, music, art, film, psychology, and linguistics, we encounter Richard Wagner, Stéphane Mallarmé, Edgar Allen Poe, Sigmund Freud, and Donald Judd, not to mention the prevalence of cinema and popular music. The contradictions in his work—gravity and play, reverential homage and scenarized self-presentation—show Graham to be a contemporary melancholic. This is the most comprehensive and insightful monograph of the artist’s work to date…

Pipilotti Rist

Pipilotti Rist continually reinvents the art of installation. With her multimedia audio and video installations, the Swiss-born artist creates and innovatively transforms big and small spaces, activates machines and produces serial video stills filled with her very individual and vivid imagery. Her everyday themes and images reflect fundamental, vital issues: love and loss, birth and death, family and solitude, gender and individuality, dream and reality..

Franz West

Over 30 years now, Viennese artist Franz West has been in his own artistic territory, and for the last 20, he has been one of the most influential working sculptors, as confirmed by a solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 1997. Through his "Passstucke" (passport pieces or adapters) of the 1970s, his furniture assemblies of the 1980s and bright exterior sculptures of the 1990s, West regularly irritates viewers with parody and outlandishness, and impresses with surprising solutions to the old social utopia of art and life…

Berlin Flick show stirs controversy

An art exhibition belonging to the wealthy grandson of a convicted Nazi industrialist has opened amid controversy in Germany. The BBC’s Berlin correspondent Tristana Moore went to visit the show.

"This is one of the most important collections of contemporary art in the world," said Eugen Blume, the curator of the Flick collection, as he showed me some of the exhibits. Visitors will see the art in our museum and this is the important fact for us, to be able to show the art - not the political debate about the Flick name."

We were standing in a warehouse, the Rieckhallen - next to the Hamburger Bahnhof museum, which Friedrich Christian Flick paid around eight million euros to convert.

It is packed with exhibits - Rodney Graham, Wolfgang Tillmans, Thomas Ruff, to name only a handful of the artists whose work is on show.

Over the next seven years, more than 2,000 works of art will be on display in the museum - they all belong to the private collection of Friedrich Christian Flick. read on >>

What is Modern Art?

text-align:justify; For centuries artists enjoyed their place serving the Church, the aristocracy and current public conventions or tradition. Their handiwork decorated castles, stately homes and Churches with allegorical, mythological and religious subject matter. But towards the end of the 18th century things began to change. It was in fact the French Revolution of 1789 which caused the shift. The Modern era unfolded in its shadow. Under the mantra of liberty, equality and fraternity, society was irrevocably transformed. Art had become a subject like philosophy and was open to be discussed. Artists became self conscious and self reliant. They were no longer constrained by a preconceived style, subject matter or technique. They critically examined existing conventions and created new possibilities for art. From the late 18th century many artists and art movements arose which challenged traditional thinking about painting, It is widely believed that Modern Art began with the work of the Frenchman, Paul Cezanne. (1839 - 1906) . He built upon the new techniques developed by his predeccesors (like the Impressionists), and together with this tried to recapture a sense of order and clarity. His efforts opened the way for Cubism which reformed painting even more. Many more movements followed, all challenging and transforming the act of painting in their own way. By the late 1960's,and early 1970's artists began to experiment with new media, such as video and performance and moved away from painting. It is here then, where Modernism is said to have ended and a new era begun.

What is Contemporary Art?

text-align:justify; Contemporary art is simply the art created in our lifetime. The subject matter explored is considered to be the most socially conscious,of any previous era. And the techniques employed reflect everyday life. Artists use video, multimedia, nature, music and more, to express their ideas.

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