Conceptual Tendencies 1960s to Today

October 7th 2011 — March 18th 2012
Mercedes-Benz Contemporary

The Conceptual Tendencies 1960s to today exhibition features artistic positions from the 1960s to the 1990s, juxtaposing them with artistic statements from younger representatives. The characteristic formal features are clearly defined: objective structures, creative systems that are complete in themselves, the new role of photography and quotation, as well as a tendency to seriality and minimalizing material. The conditions under which art comes into being are examined, along with temporal and spatial structures, the congruency of theory and practice, the possibility of involving the viewer intellectually and physically, and also the general conditions for presenting and responding to art in institutions. The exhibition features around 80 art works by 21 German and international artists. Martin Boyce, winner of the Turner Prize 2011, is represented with a group of connected works in the exhibition.

On the occasion of the exhibition French artist Michel Verjux devised an extraordinary in situ design for a centrally located high-rise façade in Potsdamer Platz. Starting on opening night October 6, 2011, a semi-circle of pure light illuminated the tower of the Daimler Financial Services building designed by Renzo Piano for five days (from sunset to dawn). With it Michel Verjux is represented both in the interior and the exterior space as part of the exhibition Conceptual Tendencies and in this way uses his reduced-poetic light installations to combine the institutional and the public space.


on loan: Ceal Floyer, Robert Barry






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