Thomas Bayrle: Orson Wells green, 1971; colour screenprint on cardboard; © (Thomas Bayrle) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013; photographer: Bernd Borchardt
Dieter Roth: Karnickelköttelhase, 1972/1987; rabbit dung, straw; © Dieter Roth Estate and courtesy Hauser & Wirth; photographer: Frank Kleinbach
Gerhard Richter: Abstract Painting, 1996, (836-4); oil on canvas; © Gerhard Richter; photographer: Friedrich Rosenstiel
Rebecca Horn: Large Feather Wheel, 1997; feathers, metal construction, motor; © (Thomas Bayrle) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013; photographer: Attilio Maranzano
Günther Förg: Das Detail vergrößern, 1985; Farbfotografie, 50,6 X 40,6 cm; © (Günther Förg) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013
Arno Fischer: East Berlin, 1959; © Estate of Arno Fischer
Nam June Paik: Smiling Buddha (Buddha Looking at Old Candle TV), 1992; vintage metal monitor, bronze, candle; © Nam June Paik Estate
Hermann Pitz: Prazsky Hrad, 1981, Papierobjekt, Instrumentenkoffer, 20 x 80 x 45 cm; © (Hermann Pitz) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013; Foto: Uwe Walter
André Gelpke: Boy with Revolver, Düsseldorf, 1986; black-and-white photograph; © André Gelpke
Joseph Beuys: I Don’t Know What a Weekend Is, 1972; Maggi bottle and book (Kant, Critique of Pure Reason); © (Joseph Beuys) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013; photo: Uwe Walter
Julian Röder: The Summits, protests against G( summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, 2005; © (Julian Röder) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013
Matthias Hoch: Dresden-Neustadt, 1988, from "Stations"; colour photograph; © (Matthias Hoch) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013
Olaf Metzel: Ostportal (Moses), 1994; Steinguss, 88 x 87,5 x 10 cm; © (Olaf Metzel) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013; photo: Peter Sander
Hannah Höch: Grotesque, 1963; collage; © (Hannah Höch) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013; photo: Uwe Walter
Sigmar Polke: Untitled, no date; black and blue ink, red felt pen on paper; © (Sigmar Polke) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013; photo: Bernd Borchardt
Wolfgang Tillmans: Suzanne and Lutz (for 'i.-D.'), 1992; colour photograph; © Wolfgang Tillmans and courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne
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Sibylle Bergemann: from 'The Monument', 1975–1986; black-and-white photograph; © Estate of Sibylle Bergemann/Ostkreuz

ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is presenting the touring exhibition Travelling the World. Art from Germany. Drawing on ifa's large own collection of contemporary art, curators Matthias Flügge and Matthias Winzen have compiled an overview that traces artistic key developments in Germany since 1949, and present 400 works of art by over 80 artists.
The ifa collection has undergone a unique formation. Beyond the limits of a binding collecting concept, the works were selected for the ifa’s worldwide exhibition tours by the respectively commissioned curators. The proximity of these very different experts to the artists effectuated a presence of mind and pluralist awareness that ever since mark the collection’s representation of artistic events. This proximity explains why the process-oriented practices of the Fluxus movement that are so difficult to present within a museum context today constitute the emphasis of the ifa collection. In a similar manner, feminist art is documented since the 1970s as is the self-evident significance of female artists for the art scene.
The presentation of works of art from East and West Germany, brought together for the first time in such density, breaks with the artistically ineffective FRG-GDR-schism. The actual development of art does not conform to the model of political history, as many artistic parallels and underlying relations have revealed. The history of photography since the 1950s can be succinctly presented from the ifa collection. What the East-West opposition has exposed is that East German photography was the most independent visual genre within the centralist system.
Matthias Flügge and Matthias Winzen seek to honor "an internationally very successful, though within Germany barely acknowledged foundation – a kind of intellectual and artistic provisions throughout the decades."

Curators: Matthias Flügge and Matthias Winzen

  • Gerhard Altenbourg
  • Dieter Appelt
  • Willi Baumeister
  • Thomas Bayrle
  • Bernd und Hilla Becher
  • Sibylle Bergemann
  • Joseph Beuys
  • Anna und Bernhard Blume
  • Manfred Butzmann
  • Chargesheimer
  • Carlfriedrich Claus
  • Hartwig Ebersbach
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann
  • Arno Fischer
  • Günther Förg
  • Katharina Fritsch
  • Günter Fruhtrunk
  • Else (Twin) Gabriel
  • Rupprecht Geiger
  • André Gelpke
  • Isa Genzken
  • Jochen Gerz
  • Hermann Glöckner
  • Karl Otto Götz
  • Gotthard Graubner
  • Andreas Gursky
  • Georg Herold
  • Katharina Hinsberg
  • Hannah Höch
  • Matthias Hoch
  • Candida Höfer
  • Martin Honert
  • Rebecca Horn
  • Magdalena Jetelová
  • Dieter Kiessling
  • Jürgen Klauke
  • Barbara Klemm
  • Fritz Klemm
  • Imi Knoebel
  • Herlinde Koelbl
  • Wilmar Koenig
  • Arthur Køpcke
  • Norbert Kricke
  • Mark Lammert
  • Markus Lüpertz
  • Adolf Luther
  • Heinz Mack
  • Ewald Mataré
  • Wolfgang Mattheuer
  • Olaf Metzel
  • Michael Morgner
  • Reinhard Mucha
  • Marcel Odenbach
  • Nam June Paik
  • Helga Paris
  • A. R. Penck
  • Otto Piene
  • Peter Piller
  • Hermann Pitz
  • Sigmar Polke
  • Robert Rehfeldt
  • Gerhard Richter
  • Klaus Rinke
  • Julian Röder
  • Ulrike Rosenbach
  • Dieter Roth
  • Thomas Ruff
  • Reiner Ruthenbeck
  • Karin Sander
  • Jörg Sasse
  • Michael Schmidt
  • Bernard Schultze
  • Gundula Schulze Eldowy
  • Emil Schumacher
  • Thomas Schütte
  • Katharina Sieverding
  • Klaus Staeck
  • Otto Steinert
  • Strawalde
  • Thomas Struth
  • Frank Thiel
  • Fred Thieler
  • Wolfgang Tillmans
  • Rosemarie Trockel
  • Günther Uecker
  • Max Uhlig
  • Hans Uhlmann
  • Jorinde Voigt
  • Wolf Vostell
  • Franz Erhard Walther
  • Corinne Wasmuht
  • Fritz Winter
  • Wols
  • Ulrich Wüst

Photos from left to right
Thomas Bayrle: Orson Wells green, 1971; © (Thomas Bayrle) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013; photo: Bernd Borchardt
Dieter Roth: Karnickelköttelhase, 1972/1987; © Dieter Roth Estate and courtesy Hauser & Wirth; photo: Frank Kleinbach
Gerhard Richter: Abstract Painting, 1996, (836-4); © Gerhard Richter; photo: Friedrich Rosenstiel
Rebecca Horn: Large Feather Wheel, 1997; © (Rebecca Horn) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013; photo: Attilio Maranzano
Günther Förg: Das Detail vergrößern, 1985; © (Günther Förg) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013
Arno Fischer: East Berlin, 1959; © Estate of Arno Fischer
Nam June Paik: Smiling Buddha (Buddha Looking at Old Candle TV), 1992; © Nam June Paik Estate
Hermann Pitz: Prazsky Hrad, 1981; © (Hermann Pitz) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013; photo: Uwe Walter
André Gelpke: Boy with Revolver, Düsseldorf, 1986; © André Gelpke
Joseph Beuys: I Don’t Know What a Weekend Is, 1972; © (Joseph Beuys) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013; photo: Uwe Walter
Julian Röder: The Summits, protests against G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, 2005; © (Julian Röder) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013
Matthias Hoch: Dresden-Neustadt, 1988, from 'Stations'; © (Matthias Hoch) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013
Olaf Metzel: Ostportal (Moses), 1994; © (Olaf Metzel) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013; photo: Peter Sander
Hannah Höch: Grotesque, 1963; © (Hannah Höch) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013; photo: Uwe Walter
Sigmar Polke: Untitled, no date; © (Sigmar Polke) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013; photo: Bernd Borchardt
Wolfgang Tillmans: Suzanne and Lutz (for 'i.-D.'), 1992; © Wolfgang Tillmans and courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Köln
Sibylle Bergemann: from 'The Monument', 1975–1986; © Estate of Sibylle Bergemann/Ostkreuz

Exhibition catalogue

Weltreise. Kunst aus Deutschland unterwegs. Werke aus dem Kunstbestand des ifa 1949 – heute. – Stuttgart: ifa, 2013. – 500 S.

Weltreise. Kunst aus Deutschland unterwegs

Werke aus dem Kunstbestand des ifa 1949 – heute. – Stuttgart: ifa, 2013. – 501 S.

Exhibition booklet

Travelling the World. Art from Germany

Artworks from the ifa Collection, 1949 to the Present. – Stuttgart: ifa, 2016. – 101 pp. – download (PDF)

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