Conceptual Tendencies 1960s to Today: Works from the Daimler Art Collection

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Concept Art as an independent artistic movement developed in the USA and Europe in the mid 1960s, based on fundamentally new definitions of the work of art the role of the viewer in Minimal Art and Zero Avantgarde around 1960. The characteristic formal features are clearly defined: objective structures, creative systems that are complete in themselves, the new role of photography and quotation, as well as a tendency to seriality and minimalizing material. The conditions under which art comes into being are examined, along with temporal and spatial structures, the congruency of theory and practice, the possibility of involving the viewer intellectually and physically, and also the general conditions for presenting and responding to art in institutions. The exhibition features around 80 art works by 21 german and international artists from the 1960s to today.

How the central ideas, criteria, theories and practices of artistic media of early American Conceptual Art were able to be expanded (and from today’s perspective must be expanded) to a field of internationally working artists of the 1960s/’70s (South America, Asia, Russia), how these lines must continue to be drawn to the art of the present day, to the likes of such artists as Tatsuo Miyajima, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sophie Calle et al. was demonstrated impressively by Robert Osborne in his major Phaidon book “Conceptual Art” published in 2002. Tony Godfrey similarly follows the international interlinking of ideas, the contributions of early women artists in this field and in subsequent current positions in his book “Conceptual Art” published in 1998. Anne Rorimer examines the political motivations and those stemming from critique of ideology of Conceptual Art in her important book “New Art in the 60s and 70s: Redefining Reality” without exceeding her self-imposed timeframe.

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Shusaku Arakawa + Madeline Gins (J + USA), Robert Barry (USA), Martin Boyce (GB), Daniel Buren (F), Ian Burn (AUS), André Cadere (P), Ceal Floyer (GB), Poul Gernes (DK), Dan Graham (USA), Isabell Heimerdinger (D), Joseph Kosuth (USA), Sol LeWitt (USA), Albert Mertz (DK), Jonathan Monk (GB), Francois Morellet (F), Olivier Mosset (CH), Andreas Reiter Raabe (A), Lasse Schmidt Hansen (D), Santiago Sierra (E), Michel Verjux (F)

Until 18 March 2012.

Daimler Contemporary
Haus Huth
Alte Potsdamer Straße 5
10785 Berlin

Opening hours:
daily 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission free.