In the early 1990s, the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection, initially focused on painting, began expanding by acquiring works from the realm of new media: photography, video, object art, light boxes and installations. This exhibition with new acquisitions for the collection—in Berlin the third of its kind already since 2001—shows how this approach has been continued.
Sylvie Fleury is represented with six new films which were produced for the Mercedes-Benz Brand Center in Paris in 2005. In these works, the artist blends the appeal of legendary Mercedes-Benz cars with the latest contemporary ideas from the worlds of art and fashion.
Young Indian artist Shilpa Gupta presents an interactive video installation, an interactive video installation which merges the ideological codices of fashion and military formation.
Guy Tillim, the 2004 winner of the Mercedes-Benz Award for South African Art and Culture, displays impressive shots from a new series of photographs which he took in Petros Village, Malawi/ZA. In addition, the exhibition comprises videos by Bernie Searle, Bernhard Kahrmann and Heimo Zobernig, photos and pictorial objects by the Indian artists Pamela Singh and Justin Ponmany as well as a group of sculptures by Ina Weber.