Over 100 works by German artists on display

 02 Oct 2017 - 3:27

Over 100 works by German artists on display
QM Chairperson HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani at the exhibition.

By Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula

More than 100 works by 27 of Germany’s most significant contemporary artists from the Deutsche Bank Collection, none of which have been shown in the region before, are on display at “German Encounters: Contemporary Masterworks from the Deutsche Bank Collection” which launched yesterday at the Doha Fire Station Garage Gallery.

Open to the public until January 20, the exhibition is a key moment in the Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture organised by Qatar Museums (QM) in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, the German Embassy Doha and the Embassy of Qatar in Germany.

“German Encounters” represents not only the history of German contemporary art from the 1960s to the present day, it also delves into the history of the Deutsche Bank Collection, which, since its founding in the late 1970s, has become established as one of the world’s greatest private collections of German contemporary art.

QM Chairperson, H E Sheikha Al Mayassabint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani said: “This exhibition represents one of the most significant displays of contemporary German art to have been presented in the region. The chance to see such a significant group of works from the Deutsche Bank Collection in Doha is a special opportunity for audiences in Qatar and the Middle East. And for the talented young artists that are based at the Fire Station it provides a unique source of inspiration, cultural exchange and dialogue. It is a further demonstration of our progress in building a broad and dynamic cultural offering and enriching the lives of those who live in and visit our country.”

The ‘Contemporary German Masterworks from the Deutsche Bank Collection’, by 27 of Germany’s most significant contemporary artists on display at Fire Station Doha, yesterday.  Pic: Baher Amin / The Peninsula


Friedhelm Hütte, Lead Curator of German Encounters and Global Senior Art Advisor, Deutsche Bank, Art, Culture & Sports, said: “German Encounters tells the story of the Deutsche Bank Collection, which had the goal of not only creating a representative picture of postwar German art, but also promoting emerging artists. German Encounters also demonstrates the ability of art to connect people. Sharing contemporary art is the most important value of the Deutsche Bank Collection.”

Dr Gabriele Landwehr, Director of the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, said: “With the selection of representative works of the most significant contemporary German artists, the exhibition presents the visitors a walk through German art history. They can experience the manifold skills and techniques of the artists to express themselves and elaborate on themes and emotions. With live speakers present in the exhibition to guide and inform the public and with workshops and activities for a young audience, the German Encounters show will also serve as a lesson on what art can do and mean, and how it relates to its time and role in the international art movements.”

Displayed in five sections, highlighting different aspects of the development of German contemporary art, the artists featured in the exhibition are: Josef Albers, Georg Baselitz, Thomas Bayrle, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Marc Brandenburg, GüntherFörg,Isa Genzken, Katharina Grosse, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, JörgImmendorff, Annette Kelm, Martin Kippenberger, ImiKnoebel, Markus Lüpertz, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, SigmarPolke, Neo Rauch, Gerhard Richter, Daniel Richter, Thomas Ruff, Karin Sander, Andreas Slominski, Anton Stankowski, Thomas Struth, Rosemarie Trockel and GüntherUecker.

Among the highlights of “German Encounters” are Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter’s Capitalist Realism paintings responding to American Pop Art, as well as the paintings of Neo Rauch, a main representative of New Leipzig School which renewed German figurative painting in the 1990s. The crystal-clear large-format pictures of Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, and Thomas Ruff contributed to the great success of German photography in international museums, while Katharina Grosse and Annette Kelm embody the pioneering spirit of the art metropolis of Berlin.

The exhibition will be accompanied by educational events developed jointly with the Goethe-Insitut. The education programme will give local audiences insights into the history of German contemporary art, as well as wider topics including the subject of corporate collecting.