| ASPECTS OF COLLECTING
ARKEN IHC LOUISIANA
MOT MS MSU
20.11.09 – 28.02.2010, Galleries
Curators: international museum directors
Exhibition organisation: Anna Szöke, Andreas Hoffer
On the occasion of its 10th anniversary in 2009, the Essl Museum
has invited ten international museums to take part in the exhibition
project >ASPECTS OF COLLECTING<. All participating institutions
and museums received a certain budget and were asked to acquire
works of art they considered interesting and significant. The
selection was made by the respective museum directors or curators.
There were no conditions imposed, there was only the recommendation
to focus on contemporary art.
The Essl Museum will also contribute
its own acquisition scheme. The selected sets of works will
be presented in an exhibition at the Essl Museum and will then
be made available to the individual museums as permanent loans.
Adieu Interessant (brown), 2005-2008
Mischtechnik auf Leinwand
250 x 253 cm
Foto: Jochen Littkemann, courtesy CFA, Berlin
© Sammlung Essl Privatstiftung
1972 [Rings], 2006
Household gloss paint on canvas
289 x 578 cm
Courtesy White Cube
© Sarah Morris
The project partners were primarily selected on the basis of personal
contacts established by the art collector Karlheinz Essl, who
considered it important to invite not only institutions in Western
Europe, but wanted to involve renowned museums with very different
cultural and socio-political backgrounds. The wish to enhance
future networking and co-operation and foster intercultural exchanges
is one of the main driving forces of the project.
This exhibition project will incorporate a range of different
collection concepts. As the ten institutions received the same
level of funding, a number of questions arose. Where will the
individual museums place their focus? How important is the profile
of a collection for its acquisition decisions? Will the decision-makers
opt for a range of artists or will they use the entire budget
on one single artistic stance?
The resulting acquisition concepts of the eleven institutions
– ten participants and the Essl Museum - are marked by great
diversity. The range covers anything from a focus on one individual
work of art (Tate, MOT) to works that complement the collection
focus (MdM, Louisiana), a curatorial exploration of painting at
the margins of European art after 1945 (Städel), a themebased
concept (MART, MSL) or broad-based acquisitions of young art (MSU,
IHC). One thing has become particularly clear: there is a wealth
of options for enlarging and enhancing collections, which is an
important element that must be fostered and strengthened.
A Voyage in Dwelling, 2008
Trilogie, Installation auf 3 Wänden, Super 16mm transferiert auf HD-File
© Jesper Just
Videostill: A Liberty Statue for Tökyö,
mit 3 DVD Playern, 3 Projektoren,
Tonanlage, Spiegel und Lounge Element
475 x 770 x 650 cm
© Pipilotti Rist
>ASPECTS OF COLLECTING< offers the unique opportunity to
compare divergent collecting and purchasing strategies in one
exhibition and will encourage the visitors to discover a great
wealth of artistic production.
Lovro Artukovic, Micol Assaël, Miriam Bäckström,
Stephan Balkenhol, Martin Barré, Milivoj Bijelic´,
Zhen Chen, Thea Djordjadze, Simon English, Jan Fabre, Liam Gillick,
Group ABS, Ana Husıman, Manisha Jha, Jesper Just, Suhasini Kejrival,
Raoul de Keyser, Alem Korkut, Eliseo Mattiacci, Annette Messager,
Sarah Morris, Muntean/Rosenblum, Nunzio (Di Stefano), Tal R, Hans
Hamid Rasmussen, Anselm Reyle, Pipilotti Rist, Arcangelo Sassolino,
Viren Tanwar, Patrick Tuttofuocco, Shiv Verma, Silvio Vujicic,
The art education team offers guided tours through and
workshops on the exhibition.
For the current calendar of events
please access www.essl.museum / Art Education.
An exhibition catalogue will be published with texts
by Prof. Karlheinz Essl and the involved directors.