February 15, 2007 - ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe - Imagination Becomes Reality
February 15, 2007

Imagination Becomes Reality

Untitled (Evasion XIII 5 Star Tropical), 1997, photo: courtesy Collection Goetz

Imagination Becomes Reality
Expanded painting.
Works from the Goetz Collection
February 17, 2007 through May 1, 2007

ZKM | Center for Art and Media
Lorenzstrasse 19
76135 Karlsruhe, Germany

phone: 49(0)72181001200
info [​at​] zkm.de

Painting has long been more than oil on canvas. As a source of inspiration and confrontation, it marks a point of departure for numerous contemporary artistic trends. The borders between the various artistic genres and media are hereby fluid: mixing and expanding one another, developing synergies and rendering the usual categories obsolete are not only the classical genres of architecture, sculpture, and painting, but also of more recent media such as photography, video, computer, and installation art. Collector Ingvild Goetz remarks: Interesting in this is that many artists expand the medium of painting in sculpture, photography, and video; that is, they paint on different surfaces, whereas conversely, painters often first generate their pictures on computers to then ultimately transfer them to canvas.

The five-part exhibition series Imagination Becomes Reality by the Goetz Collection, Munich focuses on the crucial influence that painting has had on other areas of art. For the past two years, this series has offered the opportunity to discover painting in its most various expressive forms and techniques and has clarified, based on astonishing juxtapositions with contemporary artworks, the differences as well as the shared features of these media. Each of the exhibitions sections, divided into theme-based groups, including new media, architecture and spatial experience, borrowings and subjective appropriation, and narration, presented works by five to ten artists.

The sixth and final exhibition in Karlsruhe will now show, on the entire ground floor of the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, a selection of works by the 39 artists who have participated thus far, rounded out by eleven additional artists.

This makes it possible to point out connections between individual sections of the series that were hitherto expressed only in the catalogues. The programmatic work Restoration (1993) by Canadian artist Jeff Wall will introduce this summary exhibition. In Walls work the painted panorama as mass media and precursor to film is present as is photography and picture production, as Head of the Museum of Contemporary Art Gregor Jansen explains. Jansen continues: A stringent link to Western art history of the past fifty years thus arises in an interplay with the collection presented at ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, which, at the same time, provides an excellent way to enter into the issues of current arts understanding of images.

Following the success of the exhibition fast forward. Media Art Collection Goetz in Winter 2003/04, this is the second cooperation with this internationally prominent private collection, whose collection activities extend to the entire diversity of media used in contemporary forms of artistic expression. Whereas fast forward at the ZKM | Media Museum concentrated exclusively on the collections video works, this time, painting is at the forefront as a component and starting point for artistic creation in all media.

Ingvild Goetz is responsible for the exhibition concept and will curate the show together with Stephan Urbaschek, Director of the Goetz Collection, and Gregor Jansen, Head of the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art.

Accompanying the exhibition will be the sixth and final catalogue with essays and statements by internationally renowned authors. Also offered as a package are all six catalogue volumes together with a limited artists edition graphic work by André Butzer, Thomas Helbig, Markus Selg, Tal R, and Veron Urdarianu.

Participating artists:
Franz Ackermann, Olaf Breuning, André Butzer, James Casebere, David Claerbout, Nigel Cooke, Brice Dellsperger, Peter Doig, Inka Essenhigh, Barnaby Furnas, Julian Göthe, Wade Guyton/Kelley Walker, Eberhard Havekost, Mathilde ter Heijne, Thomas Helbig, Lothar Hempel, Barnaby Hosking, Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler, William Kentridge, Jochen Kuhn, Mark Leckey, Zilla Leutenegger, Rosilene Luduvico, Loretta Lux, Fabian Marcaccio, Ivan Morley, Frank Nitsche, Jacco Olivier, Hans Op de Beeck, Raymond Pettibon, Lari Pittman, Magnus Plessen, Michael Raedecker, Jörg Sasse, Wilhelm Sasnal, Thomas Scheibitz, Dana Schutz, Markus Selg, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Thaddeus Strode, Hiroshi Sugito, Tal R, David Thorpe, Veron Urdarianu, Jeff Wall, Matthias Weischer, and Xia Xiaowan.

Opening hours:
Wed-Fri 10 am 6 pm
Sat, Sun 11 am 6 pm
Mon, Tue closed

Guided tours:
Sun 1 pm

More information:
www.zkm.de/imagination; www.sammlung-goetz.de
Press contact
Irina Koutoudis
phone: 49(0)72181001220
fax: 49(0)72181001139
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