The first show of selected works from the Olbricht Collection, auspiciously entitled PASSION FRUITS, presents the outcome of a passionate engagement with art. Curated by Wolfgang Schoppmann, a longstanding advisor and companion of Thomas Olbricht in Essen, it reflects in both concentrated and expansive form the overall concept of the collection.
The stimulating entrée to the exhibition, a work by the young artist Corinne von Lebusa entitled “Ich geh mit Dir, wohin ich will” [I’ll go with you wherever I want], proffers a host of lover-icons spurred on by lust and longing. No less surprising impressions and opportunities for subjective experience follow: sheer astonishment in the “Kunst- und Wunderkammer”, the encounter with icons of contemporary culture, apotheoses of female beauty, feminist reflections, vegetable deformations of the figure, classical clarity and marbled astringency, fantasy-driven pictorial production and graphic art which enters surreal symbolic territory, unorthodox appropriations and quiet warnings. This diversity in contemporary art is represented – and that is a particular mark of the collection – by an equal number of female and male artists – picked from the Olbricht Collection.