Daimler Contemporary Presents Private / Corporate VI The Juan & Patricia Vergez Collection

The Daimler Contemporary presents Private/Corporate VI The Juan & Patricia Vergez Collection, Buenos Aires, in dialogue with the Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart/Berlin. Open 16 April–11 September 2011. Collectors Reception: Thursday, 28 April 2010, 7 p.m.

Ill.: Ernesto Neto, Kirstin Arndt, Absalon (Installation view)

The Daimler Contemporary announce the exhibition ‘Private/Corporate VI. The Juan & Patricia Vergez Collection, Buenos Aires, in dialogue with the Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart/Berlin. The central concept behind the ‘Private/Corporate’ series, initiated in 2001, is to look at our own collection pieces through the eyes of a different but related collecting perspective. Presentations at Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, featured artworks from the collections of Paul Maenz (2002), Ileana Sonnabend (2003), Heliod Spiekermann (2005), Anupam Poddar (2007) and Björn Lafrenz (2008). The Maenz, Sonnabend and Lafrenz collections have much in common with the Daimler Art Collection, particularly in the areas of minimalism and conceptual art. Our collaborations with the Spiekermann and Poddar collections—whose pieces are largely expressive and figural—were more heterogeneous, but also provided the opportunity to rediscover aspects of our collection that are rarely put on display.

The collaboration with the Vergez collection falls somewhere between these two states: both collections feature reduced, conceptual artworks that are close in spirit, but also diverge substantially in the areas of painting and space installation art. Space installations in particular are a characteristic part of the impressive presentation strategy deployed in the Vergez collection. This collection of contemporary Argentine and international art has been housed since 2006 in a former writing materials factory in Buenos Aires. For this collaboration with Daimler, however, representative works from the Vergez collection have travelled to Berlin to engage in a dialogue with selected classical and current works from the Daimler Collection. The exhibition gives some insight into Argentine art from the 1960s to the present day—and also investigates its vital links with the international art scene.

The exhibition, planned in collaboration with Juan & Patricia Vergez, combines artworks belonging to five thematic groups: Concept Art, painting, critical trends, minimalism and performative art styles. Different facets of contemporary conceptual art are represented by the work of artists such as Absalon, Martin Creed and Joseph Kosuth. By setting up a dialogue of movements in painting from the 1960s to the present day, the exhibition brings together works by Emilio Renart, Enrico Castellani, Adolf Fleischmann and Michel Majerus that are separated in time by as much as four decades. The works of Henrik Olesen, Alfredo Jaar, Patricia London Ante Paris and Ana Mendieta center on political and sociocritical movements. The objects and sculptures by Katja Strunz, Sylvie Fleury and Manuela Leinhoß are constructive and structural in nature. Contemporary minimalist art is represented by the art of Tomás Saraceno, Krysten Cunningham, Kirstin Arndt and Ossi Fink. The exhibition concludes with the interactive and performative installations of Rirkrit Tiravanija and John Bock.

For more details on the exhibition and installation views please see our website: www.sammlung.daimler.com.

Absalon (IL), Ian Anüll (CH), Kirstin Arndt (D), John Bock (D), Enrico Castellani (I), Martin Creed (GB), Krysten Cunningham (USA), Flavia Da Rin (RA), Olafur Eliasson (DK), Elmgreen & Dragset (DK / N), Ossi Fink (I), Adolf Fleischmann (D), Sylvie Fleury (CH), Raimund Girke (D), Alberto Heredia (RA), Gregor Hildebrandt (D), Alfredo Jaar (RCH), Daniel Jackson (USA), Tamara K.E. (GE), Joseph Kosuth (USA), Manuela Leinhoß (D), Daniel Lergon (D), Patricia London Ante Paris (D), Michel Majerus (L), Ana Mendieta (C), Ernesto Neto (BR), Henrik Olesen (DK), Gabriel Orozco (MEX), Patricia Pearson (RA), Alfredo Prior (RA), Tomás Saraceno (RA), Katja Strunz (D), Emilio Renart (RA), Rirkrit Tiravanija (RA)

Our exhibition ‘Private / Corporate VI’ is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue, which is available at book shop Bücherbogen am Savignyplatz, the exhibition space Daimler Contemporary or can be ordered online.

The exhibition will go along with a substantial supporting programme, consisting of artists’ talks, thematic discussions, lectures and guided tours. Free guided tours through the exhibition (available in German and in English on request) will take place on the following Saturdays at 4 p.m. Our guided tour ‘Sculptures at Potsdamer Platz’ is available on the same dates at 5 p.m. Please check our website for updates and announcements.

Daimler Contemporary
Haus Huth
Alte Potsdamer Straße 5
10785 Berlin, Germany

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