October 2, 2005 - MUSEUM MMK FÜR MODERNE KUNST - Spinning the Web – the eBay Connection
October 2, 2005

Spinning the Web – the eBay Connection

The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, USA
Spinning the Web the eBay Connection

24 September 2005 – 29 January 2006

Museum für Moderne Kunst
Domstrasse 10, 60311
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tues.-Sun. 10 am to 5 pm
Wed. 10 am to 8 pm, Mon. closed

Tel. 49 (0) 69 212 30447
Fax: 49 (0) 69 212 37882
Email: mmk [​at​] stadt-frankfurt.de


What exactly is Schweinfurt Green, and what does it have to do with Napoleons hair and 25 grams of Vienna Black pigment by Andreas Slominski? Or the two small red Sony batteries what is the relation between them and the two dozen black-&-white amateur photographs of twins or the Vasen Extasen by artist couple Anna and Bernhard Blume? These is the kind of question that arise when the world’s online market-place eBay encounters a museum of modern art: The exhibition Spinning the Web the eBay Connection presents objects that were bought by auction on eBay over a period of several months and juxtaposes them to artworks in the MMKs collection.

eBay is not only a place where goods change hands, but also an Internet portal, a communications system, a search engine and a global network. Once youre logged in, you can move by entering key words from one article to the next, just as if you were looking things up in an encyclopedia. This was the path taken for selecting the objects for the exhibition, too: Depending on the variation and combination of key words, items relating to individual artworks were found as were artworks to fit the respective objects on offer in eBay. Some are clearly connected to each other, while for others the link is more a matter of association, but in all instances the new configurations bring added meaning to both the objects and the artworks. In other words, a track is laid that the viewers can but must not necessarily follow and as you move down it, repeatedly new individual forms of signification can arise.

How does a museum change things that are placed within its walls? This has been one of the fundamental questions tackled by modern art ever since Marcel Duchamp submitted an urinal placed flat on its back, signed R. Mutt and entitled Fountain – for a non-juried exhibition in New York in 1917. And it is this issue that is being rejuvenated for this joint presentation of art and non-art here; and we are foregrounding the imaginative potential concealed behind the transformative powers of the museum as an institution. In this sense, Spinning the Web the eBay Connection is a journey to things and through the worlds of the imagination, history and present. It is an exhibition about exhibiting itself: What is already innate in the combined presentation of MMK artworks is intensified and radicalized by the expansion to include non-artworks.

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