The exhibition ‘Serielle Formationen’ (‘Serial Formations’), jointly curated by Peter Roehr and Paul Maenz for the Frankfurter Universität’s studio gallery in 1967, can be seen as the first thematic exhibition on Minimalist trends in Germany. In the context of its exhibition series ‘Minimalism in Germany’, which started in 2005, the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection is making a first attempt to re-stage the historical presentation.
‘Serielle Formationen’ was an outstanding exhibition that brought together the contemporary trends of the period. In particular, it showed artwork by artists from Germany and elsewhere side by side. A total of 62 artworks by 48 artists were selected because they were pictures and objects with ‘serial order’ as a visual feature—although the concepts behind them were highly diverse and sometimes downright contradictory. The European Zero movement was represented, alongside manifestations of Nouveau Réalisme, Pop Art and Op Art and American Minimal and Conceptual Art. The exhibition was accompanied by an ambitious catalogue containing six original graphical works and extensive artwork documentation and artist statements. “The ambition of ‘Serielle Formationen’ was to inform and to identify the differences between seemingly similar art phenomena.” (Maenz)
The exhibition presents works from the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection as well as loans from German and international collections.
Carl Andre (USA), Arman (F/USA), Thomas Bayrle (D), Ronald Bladen (CAN), Hans Breder (D/USA), Enrico Castellani (I), Christo und Jeanne-Claude (BG/USA and F/USA), Jan Dibbets (NL), May Fasnacht (D), Eberhard Fiebig (D), Dan Flavin (USA), Raimund Girke (D), Hermann Goepfert (D), Kuno Gonschior (D), Hans Haacke (D), Jan Henderikse (NL), Ewerdt Hilgemann (D), Bernhard Höke (D), Donald Judd (USA), Jiří Kolář (CZ), Yayoi Kusama (JP), Walter Leblanc (BEL), Thomas Lenk (D), Sol LeWitt (USA), Konrad Lueg (D), Adolf Luther (D), Piero Manzoni (I), Agnes Martin (CAN/USA), Almir da Silva Mavignier (BR), Henk Peeters (NL), Larry Poons (JP/USA), Charlotte Posenenske (D), Markus Raetz (CH), Bridget Riley (GB), Peter Roehr (D), Dieter Roth (CH), Felix Schlenker (D), Wolfgang Schmidt (D), Jan Schoonhoven (NL), Klaus Staudt (D), Michael Steiner (USA), Frank Stella (USA), Paul Talman (CH), Günther Uecker (D), Victor Vasarely (HU), Herman de Vries (NL), Andy Warhol (USA), gruppe x (D)
Further works from the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection related to serial formations by:
Karl-Heinz Adler (D), Hartmut Böhm (D), Hal Busse (D), Hanne Darboven (D), Rolf Glasmeier (D), Hermann Glöckner (D), Mathias Goeritz (D), Gerhard von Graevenitz (D), Marie-Luise Heller (D), Hans-Peter Hoch (D), Oskar Holweck (D), Heinz Mack (D), Christian Megert (CH), Christian Roeckenschuss (D), Eckhard Schene (D), Mike Steiner (D) (Loan), Franz Erhard Walther (D)
Curator 2017: Renate Wiehager
Curators 1967: Paul Maenz and Peter Roehr