Marcel Odenbach | Stille Bewegungen. Tranquil Motions

Video tapes

Marcel Odenbach: Estar de Pie es no Caerse (Standing Is Not Falling), 1989; © (Marcel Odenbach) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010
Marcel Odenbach: As If Memories Could Deceive Me, 1986; 17.28 Min.; © (Marcel Odenbach) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010
Marcel Odenbach: Die Distanz zwischen mir und meinen Verlusten (The Distance between Myself and My Losses), 1983; 10.15 Min.; © (Marcel Odenbach) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010
Marcel Odenbach: Gespräch zwischen Ost und West (Dialogue between East and West), 1978; 3.40 Min.; © (Marcel Odenbach) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010

Video installations

Marcel Odenbach: Im Kreise drehen/Turning in Circles, 2009; 15.50 Min.; © (Marcel Odenbach) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010; Foto: Thomas Müller, Copyright: Anton Kern Gallery, New York
Marcel Odenbach: Verstörte Orte/Disturbed Places, 2007; 34.00 Min.; © (Marcel Odenbach) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010
Marcel Odenbach: In stillen Teichen lauern Krokodile/In Still Waters Crocodiles Lurk, 2004/2003; 31.20 Min.; © (Marcel Odenbach) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010
Marcel Odenbach: Männergeschichten 1/Erkek Öyküleri (Male Stories 1), 2003; 10.00 Min.; © (Marcel Odenbach) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010
Marcel Odenbach: Zu schön um wahr zu sein (Too Beautiful to Be True), 2000; 9.40 Min.; © (Marcel Odenbach) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010
Marcel Odenbach: Mir hat es den Kopf verdreht (It Turned My Head), 1995/1996; 05:08 min; © (Marcel Odenbach) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010; © Foto: David Williams

Works on paper

Marcel Odenbach: Ein Tag am Meer (A Day at the Sea); 2012; collage, watercolours, pencil and photocopy on paper; Photo: Vesko Gösel, © (Marcel Odenbach) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010
Marcel Odenbach: Traumatische Tropen (Traumatic Tropics), 2004/2012; collage, knife cut, 2-part series; Photo: Vesko Gösel, © (Marcel Odenbach) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010
Marcel Odenbach: So lange der Ball rollt (As Long as the Ball Keeps Rolling), Study, 2010/2011; various media on paper, 4-part series; Photo: Marcus Schneider, © (Marcel Odenbach) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010; Galerie Crone, Berlin
Marcel Odenbach: Schneewittchen (Snow White), 2010; Collage on paper; Photo: The photographer would like to remain anonymous, © (Marcel Odenbach) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2010; Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, New York

The ifa exhibition Marcel Odenbach – Stille Bewegungen. Tranquil Motions introduces audiences to one of Germany’s preeminent video artists; the monographic show includes key video works and works on paper from the past three decades. The combination of exhibits unfolds a panorama of Odenbach’s entire oeuvre, illuminating how the artist studies different cultures and paints a portrait, as analytical as it is emotional, of the human being in a globalized society.

His works on video and video installations attest to his crucial role in promoting and shaping the international development of this genre. From the early videos, which were still conceived for presentation on monitors, to his complex installations including large projections, the exhibition illustrates the subtlety and formal variety with which Odenbach stages the moving picture and its acoustic accompaniment. The works on paper constitute a separate and no less important part of his oeuvre.

The selection of works for the exhibition combines this retrospective orientation with an attempt to cover the major thematic emphases in the artist’s oeuvre. The close critical engagement with the problem of how to deal with the past, in particular, illustrates that his art is an exemplary reflection on the German post-war era and its social situation. Yet Marcel Odenbach also worked early on to embed this thematic emphasis in a wider horizon, expanding on the specifically German issues to achieve a more universal perspective. He studied different cultures and political constellations and integrated his observations into his work, drawing connections between the German trauma of Nazi rule and the Rwandan genocide, between images of masculinity in Turkey and the role of women in Venezuela, between the familiar and the foreign, between his own biography and the history of others.

Odenbach’s videos and graphic works are complex narratives the artist creates by means of a unique collage technique out of recorded film and television footage, archival material, and pictures he has produced himself. Montaging public and private imagery, he spins stories that interweave the larger frame of history with the emotions of the individual human being and his own biography.

To give this panorama of cultures greater focus at the various venues of the touring exhibition, ifa has asked the artist to select one of the works on display in the exhibition that the presentation will emphasize. It will be addressed in ways designed to stimulate the local discourse and specific discussion.

Text and work descriptions: Matthias Mühling, curator

  • 1953
    born in Cologne, lives in Cologne
  • 1974–1979
    studied architecture, art history and semeiotics in Aachen
  • 1990–1993
    professor at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam
  • 1992–1997
    professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (University of Arts and Design) Karlsruhe
  • 2001–2010
    professor at the Kunsthochschule für Medien (Academy of Media Arts) Cologne
  • since 2010
    professor at the Kunstakademie (Academy of Fine Arts) Dusseldorf
Paula Modersohn-Becker und die Worpsweder. Zeichnungen und Druckgrafik 1895 – 1905 – 2. Aufl. – Stuttgart: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), 2000. – 150 S.

Marcel Odenbach. Stille Bewegungen. Tranquil Motions / ifa (ed.). – Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2013. – 223 pp. – German / English

Order on ifa Media

Graphic design
Heine/Lenz/Zizka, Frankfurt/Berlin

'The question of identity, and of German identity in particular, played a role in my thinking as early as the 1970s, also, of course, due to my critical engagement with the past. I personally never really had negative feelings about the role of the exile; it always seemed to me to be rather enriching.'

Marcel Odenbach, interview in the catalogue

Extra

Odenbach opening in Caracas

Marcel Odenbach. Stille Bewegungen. Tranquil Motions, Caracas; photo: Ricardo Jiménez; © ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Slideshow | photos: Ricardo Jiménez; © ifa

Coming up:

Temporary
15.10.2017 – 31.12.2017
NN, India