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ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe : Travelling the World. Art from Germany Artworks from the ifa Collection, 1949 to the Present
Andreas Gurski: Genua", 1991, В© Courtesy: SprГјth Magers Berlin, London / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012.

ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Travelling the World. Art from Germany Artworks from the ifa Collection, 1949 to the Present

October 26, 2013–March 2, 2014

Opening: Friday, October 25, 7pm at ZKMВ 
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Lorenzstrasse 19
76135 Karlsruhe, Germany
Hours: Wednesday–Friday 10am–6pm; 
Saturday–Sunday 11am–6pm

T +49 (0) 721/8100 1200

Travelling the World. Art from Germany
The ifa (Institut fГјr Auslandsbeziehungen [Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations]) shows the exhibition Travelling the World. Art from Germany. Artworks from the ifa Collection, 1949 to the Present, at ZKM | Center for Art and Media from October 26. Drawing on the impressive collection of contemporary art from the ifa, curators Matthias FlГјgge and Matthias Winzen have compiled an overview that traces artistic key developments in Germany since 1949, and presents 400 works of art by over 100 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 FlГјgge 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.”

Until 1990, the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen exhibited art from Germany on behalf of the then Federal Republic. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the inventory of the Zentrums für Kunstausstellungen der DDR [Center for Art Exhibitions of the GDR] was transferred to ifa. In the exhibition at the ZKM, parallel art developments in the FRD and GDR – often linked beyond politics – encounter one another. The exhibition places particular attention on the development of what, today, has become the self-evident influential role of artists and the emancipation of photography as an independent genre in art.

Curators: Matthias FlГјgge and Matthias Winzen

Press contact:
Constanze Heidt
T +49 (0)721/8100 1821 / F +49 (0)721/8100 1139 /



Saturday, Oct 26, 2013

3 p.m.В Artists as Ambassadors? Art in the Foreign Cultural Policy
Panel Discussion with Peter Weibel (ZKM), Elke aus dem Moore (ifa), Matthias FlГјgge (Curator), Else Gabriel (Artist), Mark Lammert (Artist), Marcel Odenbach (Artist)
Moderation:В Matthias Winzen (Kurator)
ZKM_Lecture Hall, Admission free

Thursday, Nov 21, 2013

4.30 p.m.В Guided tour with the Curator Matthias Winzen
ZKM | Museum of Contemporary ArtВ 
6 p.m.В Artist talk with Else Gabriel and Georg Herold
Moderation:В Matthias Winzen

Saturday, Jan 11, 2014

4.30 p.m.В Guided tour with the Curator
ZKM | Museum of Contemporary ArtВ 
18 UhrВ Artist talk with Strawalde and Thomas Heise
Moderation:В Matthias FlГјgge

Friday, Feb 14, 2014

4 p.m.В Guided tour with the Curator
ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art
6 p.m.В Artist talk with Helga Paris and Barbara Klemm
Moderation:В Matthias FlГјgge

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014
6 p.m. Artist talk with Peter Piller and Julian Röder
Moderation:В Andreas Beitin and Philipp Ziegler


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