EXOTICA and 4 other cases of the self 17 September 2014 – 22 February 2015

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‘EXOTICA and 4 other cases of the self’ centres on the question of the self in the modern day and uses the Wunderkammer Olbricht as an integral part of the exhibition.

Berlin Art WeekWunderkammern, or cabinets of curiosities, were first established in the Renaissance and Baroque. These cabinets were collectors’ rooms in which objects from distant lands (exotica), precious artworks (artificialia), rare phenomena of nature (naturalia), scientific instruments (scientifica), and inexplicable items (mirabilia) were preserved.

In this exhibition, the individual is treated as a Wunderkammer of sorts, and its five traditional categories are transferred to the realm of human existence and redefined as: instincts, simulacra, mind, oddities, and exotica. Such categorization aims to question and broaden the manifold aspects of the present-day notion of self. Wunderkammer objects and contemporary artworks are juxtaposed with each other to reveal striking affinities and contrasts. From wonders of the world to wonders of the self – the show invites viewers to question the notion of the self.

Both the exhibition and the publication accompanying it are the product of a collaboration between the three curators Fanny Nina Borel, Myrto Katsimicha, and Elisabetta Rabajoli, as part of their Master’s degree in ‘Curating the Contemporary’ at London Metropolitan University. The degree is led by Nico de Oliveira, with the Whitechapel Gallery and me Collectors Room/Olbricht Foundation as partners.

Featured artists: Marina Abramović, Eva Aeppli, Barry X Ball, Matthew Barney, Chuck Close, Graham Dolphin, Jan Fabre, Sylvie Fleury, Andreas Golder, Julie Heffernan, Krištof Kintera, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Terence Koh, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Juan Muñoz, Eadweard Muybridge, Tony Oursler, Gerhard Richter, Collier Schorr, Cindy Sherman, Helmut Stallaerts, Otto Steinert, Werner Rohde, Paloma Varga Weisz, and Erwin Wurm.


Credits and Copyrights:
Marina Abramović Self portrait with skull, 2005, Courtesy Marina Abramović and Sean Kelly Gallery New York, Photo Paolo Canevari © Marina Abramović
Matthew Barney, CREMASTER 5: her Giant,1997 © Matthew Barney, Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels
Muschelmann, German, 18th century © Kunstkammer Georg Laue, Munich
Terence Koh, Boy by the Roman Sea, 2010, marble, Courtesy of the artist, Photo Valerio Brambilla

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From 7 December 2014: Queensize – Female Artists from the Olbricht Collection

From 7 December 2014: Queensize – Female Artists from the Olbricht Collection

me Collectors Room/Olbricht Foundation will present its first ever exhibition dedicated entirely to women artists, in a show entitled ‘Queensize – Female Artists from the Olbricht Collection’, opening on 7 December 2014. With close to 60 artists, the exhibition represents a third of all women artists featured in the collection. The some 150 works on display in all manner of media stem from such respected artists as Helene Appel, Louise Bourgeois, Nathalie Djurberg, Marlene Dumas, Klara Kristalova, Sükran Moral, Elizabeth Peyton, Patricia Piccinini, Cindy Sherman, Taryn Simon, and Carolein Smit, to name but a few.

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EXOTICA and 4 other cases of the self 17 September 2014 – 22 February 2015

EXOTICA and 4 other cases of the self 17 September 2014 – 22 February 2015

‘EXOTICA and 4 other cases of the self’ centres on the question of the self in the modern day and uses the Wunderkammer Olbricht as an integral part of the exhibition. In examining the individual as a cabinet of curiosities, new definitions of the historical categories emerge: artificialia, naturalia, scientifica, miarbilia and exotica become instinct, simulacra, mind, oddities, and exotica, enabling exciting and surprising relationships between the objects of the cabinet of curiosities and contemporary artworks.

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The Wunderkammer Olbricht

The Wunderkammer Olbricht

The practice of maintaining ‘cabinets of curiosities’ evolved during the Renaissance and Baroque. Such cabinets were collectors’ rooms in which precious artworks (artificialia), rare phenomena of nature (naturalia), scientific instruments (scientifica), objects from strange worlds (exotica), and inexplicable items (mirabilia) were preserved.

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programme for children

programme for children

With a scavenger hunt through the exhibition Schöne Grüsse Thomas Schütte and Wunderkammer Olbricht we want to take our young visitors through the whole exhibit.

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Audio guide for the Wunderkammer Olbricht

An audio guide will guide visitors through the Wunderkammer Olbricht. The hour-long tour offers you detailed insight into the general principles behind a ‘cabinet of marvels’, as well as into key, individual exhibits.

 

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Guided Tours

Our art communications partners from art:berlin can provide you with an insight into the Olbricht Collection and the Wunderkammer through a variety of guided tours. After the tours, we cordially invite you to get together in our me Café for communal reflection upon the artworks.

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