Two of the most important collections of contemporary art will be brought together in a joint show this summer at Deichtorhallen. One main feature of the collection of doctor and chemist THOMAS OLBRICHT, who lives in Essen and Berlin, is a clear proclivity for eclecticism, in which context his programmatic focus lies on memento mori depictions. By contrast, Hamburg-based lawyer HARALD FALCKENBERG is more interested in the grotesque, the political and the provocative.
The show presents a good cross section of contemporary art, with both decidedly contrasting themes and others that are placed in mutually complementary juxtaposition, such as death, sexuality, youth, images of women, the child-like, the private, the public, and the various forms of abstract art. The narrative element is very strongly present in the works of both collections. Beauty and horror, humor, everyday life and tragedy, not to mention political aspects all converge here, often in a surprising manner. The exhibition at Deichtorhallen shows both the many different layers to these two private collections and various unknown aspects of them.
On view will be high-grade works by over 100 international artists such as Richard Artschwager, Maurizio Cattelan, Mark Dion, Damien Hirst, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince and Gerhard Richter.
A catalogue accompanying the exhibition will be published. 56 pages, 14,80 Euro.