Hamburger Bahnhof

Fast Nichts - Minimal Artworks

24 Sep 2005 - 23 Apr 2006

The »Friedrich Christian Flick Collection« is one of the most expansive private collections of contemporary art in the world. The collection, which is progressively being presented to the public in a series of temporary exhibitions over seven years, has many faces. Following the inaugural survey exhibition entitled »Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof« (22 September 2004 until 28 March 2005) and the monographic exhibition »Urs Fischer. Werke aus der Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof« (2 June until 7 August 2005), a new thematic exhibition entitled »Fast nichts. Minimalistische Werke aus der Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof« is scheduled to open on 24 September 2005. Whereas the inaugural presentation occupied an exhibition space of over 13,000 square metres in both the main building of the Hamburger Bahnhof and the neighbouring Rieckhallen, the new exhibition, »fast nichts« (engl. almost nothing), will be contained to the Rieckhallen with the exception of an introductory section in the Historic Hall of the main building.

In contrast to the inaugural exhibition, which showcased an opulent selection of spectacular and frequently narrative works, »fast nichts« seeks to introduce an entirely different facet of the collection. Presenting works by Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre, Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman, Robert Smithson, Robert Barry, On Kawara, Richard Artschwager, Absalon, De Rijke/De Rooij and Toba Khedoori among others, the new exhibition centres on minimal tendencies in art after 1960. In different ways, all of the works included in the exhibition are beholden to an aesthetics of simplicity and rigour, reduction and silence. Assembled in this constellation, they reveal the wealth of experiences and insights to be found in »fast nichts« or »almost nothing«.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue featuring texts by Eugen Blume, Hannes Böhringer, Susan Sontag, Gabriele Knapstein and Catherine Nichols among others, as well as an edition of the museum journal, »Museum für Gegenwart«, dedicated to the theme of »art, philosophy and politics«.

© On Kawara
29 Jul. 1989, 1989
On Kawara, Image: A. Burger, Zurich

Tags: Absalon, Carl Andre, Richard Artschwager, Robert Barry, Eugen Blume, Urs Fischer, On Kawara, Toba Khedoori, Gabriele Knapstein, Gabriele Knapstein, Sol LeWitt, Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra