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ifa presents an exhibit from its Touring Exhibitions. In the Touring Exhibitions ifa presents contemporary art from Germany worldwide. After years of travelling through international museums, the exhibitions are transferred to the ifa's art collection, which houses several thousand works of art—works ranging from Rebecca Horn to Gerhard Richter, from Helga Paris to Marcel Odenbach.
With the exhibition 'Weltreise' (Travelling the World), curated by Matthias Flügge and Matthias Winzen, for the first time a comprehensive and at the same time exemplary insight into ifa's exhibits was given. The exhibition was opened in 2013 at ZKM in Karlsruhe, and has since been presented at nine locations—as its journey around the world continues!
The series 'Artwork of the Month' is intended to expand access to ifa's invisible art collection and offer a glimpse 'behind the scenes'. The 'Artwork of the Month' will be presented as the original in ifa Gallery in Stuttgart and will be published digitally.
A young man having a siesta with his hand on a gun.
He is not the only sleeper in the ifa-touring exhibition 'Rosemarie Trockel': a man stretched out on top of his car, a boy resting his head on the table, a skull with eyelids closed.
In the history of art, the horizontal, resting depiction of men is rare. Also the famous sculpture 'The Thinker' of Auguste Rodin, in seating position, is not entirely passive: the arms are muscular, indicating action.
In the north-Italian town Cividale del Friuli, I passed by the Duomo. There are angels depicted on the frescos with their eyes closed as if sleeping. Sleeping angels. Isn't everyone an angel while they are asleep?
To watch someone sleeping is special. The sleeping person is not really there in the physical world but is somewhere else, in a different state of being.
The wading bird falls asleep as soon as it encounters contradictory impulses. 'Sleep is undoubtedly the most sensual form of protest,' says an Anonymous Anarchist in a fanzine.
In 1999, at the Venice Biennial, Rosemarie Trockel installed cots in the German pavilion in which visitors could take a nap. The installation was called 'Sleeping Pill'. Are some things better experienced in a drowse?
An Paenhuysen is art historian and art critic. Since 2016 she travels with the exhibition Rosemarie Trockel. Selected drawings, objects and video works, giving talks, workshops and guided tours. The ifa-exhibition is on tour since 2003.
The exhibition was supposed to open on 29 May 2020 at the Zarya Center for Contemporary Art in Vladivostok, Russia. Due to the Corona Pandemic, this venue had to be cancelled.
At the centre of the picture stands a young man in a classic full-body portrait. A construction fence divides the scene into two spheres: bulk rubbish and residential buildings in the background, the portrayed person seemingly isolated in the foreground. He is wearing flashy clothing and accessories characteristic of the techno scene. He looks directly at the viewer out of two pairs of glasses, one of which has orange lenses. His top, adorned with of a zipper of glittering orange polyester yarn, and the rusty orange pile of bulky rubbish behind him, give the perception of the whole photograph the tint of orange.
Wolfgang Tillmans is one of the most influential representatives of contemporary photography. His pictures examine his immediate environment with an enquiring and exploring gaze. Tillmans became known to a broader audience in the early 1990s primarily through the unconventional photographs of his friends and acquaintances from the techno and gay scenes. His photos have been published in style and fashion magazines such as i-D and Spex.
The photograph 'Domenico, Planet' dates from this period. ifa showed Tillman’s work from 1995 to 2012 in the touring exhibition 'Bildermode – Modebilder. Deutsche Modephotographien von 1945-1995' (German fashion Photography 1945-1995). They are currently touring the globe in the exhibition Travelling the World and the African continent in the monographic exhibition entitled Wolfgang Tillmans: Fragile.
The central term in Hanne Darboven’s work is 'being active', based on her daily practice, which seems well-nigh indefatigable. In the 1972 work 'Schreibschrift' we see waves of handwriting that cover standard lined paper from top to bottom. Letters and linguistic levels of meaning are lost in 'endless script swings', relinquishing their content in favour of pure form.
The relationship between form and meaning is dissolved; writing time expands into space and becomes visible. Seeing, perception, comes to the fore. Darboven follows a fixed ordering principle and sees her work as a documentary activity, 'a record in the sense of existence; it is a working through' (Darboven, 1966). The ifa accompanied the joint Biennale contribution by Darboven, Gotthard Graubner and Wolfgang Laib in 1982 and devoted a monographic touring exhibition to Darboven from 1995 to 2004.
'Polke als Palme' (1966) dates from the artist’s early photographic period, in which he primarily arranged still lifes. The work is part of the series '…höhere Wesen befehlen' (Higher Beings Command), which preceded the famous picture 'Höhere Wesen befahlen: rechte obere Ecke schwarz malen!' (Higher Beings Commanded: Paint the upper right corner black!) from 1969.
Polke, dressed only in underpants and adorned with large paper fronds, turns into a palm tree, a motif of longing in the post-war years of the German 'Economic Miracle'. The artist places himself as a medium in the service of higher beings, parodying the conventions of artistic creation.
Like many of his fellow artists at that time, Polke rebelled against the principles of his teachers and turned away from the concepts of an autonomous work of art and individual artistic genius.
The cooperation between ifa and Sigmar Polke has a long history. In 1973 ifa acquired 'Polke als Palme' for the exhibition 'Graphic of the 70s'. In 1986 it supervised Polke’s contribution to the Venice Biennale. And since 1996, forty gouaches that Polke painted for ifa have been on display in the monographic touring exhibition Music from an Unkown Source.
First, there is a black image. Structures are hidden and at the same time form new connections. Lines run across the surface and shape spaces of ideas. Papers overlap like palimpsests.
The Mannheim-born artist Fritz Klemm created the work 'Papier auf Papier, schwarz' in 1984 – at the age of 82. The work, which Klemm developed after his retirement from the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, comes from what Jürgen Partenheimer calls a 'late early work'.
Since the mid-1980s, the work was part of the ifa-touring exhibition 'Prinzip Collage', which was shown at over 50 locations worldwide until 1991.