- Im Kreise drehen / Turning in Circles, 2009
- Verstörte Orte / Disturbed Places, 2007
- In stillen Teichen lauern Krokodile / In Still Waters Crocodiles Lurk, 2004/2003
- Männergeschichten 1 / Erkek Öyküleri (Male Stories 1), 2003
- Zu schön um wahr zu sein (Too Beautiful to Be True), 2000
- Mir hat es den Kopf verdreht (It Turned My Head), 1995/1996
Works on paper
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
born in Cologne, lives in Cologne
studied architecture, art history and semeiotics in Aachen
professor at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam
professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (University of Arts and Design) Karlsruhe
professor at the Kunsthochschule für Medien (Academy of Media Arts) Cologne
- since 2010
professor at the Kunstakademie (Academy of Fine Arts) Dusseldorf