The Present Order
19 Nov 2016 - 28 Jan 2018
19 November 2016 - 28 January 2018
Curated by Vera Lauf and Franciska Zólyom
With Azra Akšamija, Stephan Balkenhol, Horst Bartnig, Willi Baumeister, Sibylle Bergemann, Ákos Birkás, Hans Brosch, Zdenko Bužek, Luis Camnitzer, Carlfriedrich Claus, Natalie Czech, Walter Dahn, Hanne Darboven, Plamen Dejanoff & Swetlana Heger, Carola Dertnig, Jiří Georg Dokoupil, Hartwig Ebersbach, Till Exit, Dieter Finke, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Sylvie Fleury, Dieter Froelich, Rupprecht Geiger, Martin Gerwers, Hubertus Giebe, Gotthard Graubner, Martyn Greenhalgh, HAP Grieshaber, Mark Hamilton, Eberhard Havekost, Werner Heldt, Thomas Huber, Raimer Jochims, Franziska Jyrch, Kaeseberg, Imi Knoebel, Hanne Lippard, Via Lewandowsky, Rosa Loy, Frank Maibier, Dorit Margreiter, Michaela Melián, Florian Merkel, Alexej Meschtschanow, Harald Metzkes, Anna Meyer, Sarah Morris, Matt Mullican, Olaf Nicolai, Paul Nougé, Hanno Otten, Jorge Pardo, Sigmar Polke, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Michael Scheffer, Erasmus Schröter, Maya Schweizer, Tilo Schulz, Thomas Stimm, Strawalde, Sarah Sze, Rosemarie Trockel, Hans Uhlmann,Klaus vom Bruch, Corinne Wasmuht, Jun Yang, Peter Zimmermann
The Present Order introduces the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art. The title is borrowed from an artwork by Ian Hamilton Finlay, which the artist donated to the museum when the collection was founded. The varying inscriptions on the three stone blocks point towards essential issues involved in the presentation of the collection: Present The Order, the elucidation of an order, underlines the fact that systems of order always arise from the ideas of a certain era. Order The Present, the causation of the present, raises the question of the point in time at which art develops. How does it regard and influence its present? Finally The Present Order, the acceptance of an order, issues an invitation to confront the various interpretations that are condensed into a work of art from a contemporary point of view. During the course of one year, the exhibition presents various possibilities of ordering museum inventories, encouraging an active approach towards the collection.