Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst

Young Collections 03

04 Dec 2015 - 21 May 2016

Via Lewandowsky
Ruckzuck, 2004
Collection of Ivo Wessel
© VG Bildkunst, Bonn
4 December 2015 – 21 May2016

Curated by Peter Friese und Ingo Clauß.

»The space between the characters can carry the load« – Collection of Ivo Wessel

The software developer Ivo Wessel, who lives in Berlin, has assembled a unique collection that combines conceptual art with pictorial narration. His special sense for discoveries and his passion for strong-headed artists leave their imprint on the collection, just like his vivid interest in literature and film. He has a striking fascination for the profoundly grotesque, but also an interest in humorous and poetical forms that already resonates in the title of the exhibition: “The space between persons can support the roof.” The quote from his favorite film “The State of Things” (1982) by Wim Wenders alludes to the aesthetic power of art to radically overcome and rethink the borders between reality and imagination. At the same time, it refers to the capacity of art to establish meaningful contexts and relationships between people. Several video works, photo series and objects narrate and (re)construct impressive stories. They extend from melancholic to thoroughly comical pictorial worlds. In their entirety, they convey a surprisingly revealing insight into our present era.

The works of Via Lewandowsky constitute a special focus. With their rich political-grotesque inspiration, they are part of the succession to Dada and Surrealism. The artist's knotted baseball bat is simultaneously an absurd joke and a genuine menace. The video- and photo-works of Sven Johne are impressive because of their special narrative style. Large-format seascapes showing an idyllic expanse are overwritten with eyewitness accounts of historic shipwrecks. In a disturbing yet empathetic video documentation, Vandy Rattana investigates the long-term impact of American carpet-bombing in Cambodia. The effects can still be seen today in the devastated landscapes and live on in people's memories.

Even in the strictly minimalistic concepts of the collection, from Anton Stankowski all the way to Mathieu Mercier and Karin Sander, (art) history is freshly commemorated and brought up to date in a unique manner. The development of modernism and also the political and social upheavals of our era are clarified in their complexity and contradictory nature.

From the very beginning, Ivo Wessel had a particular love for video art. In Berlin together with Olaf Stüber, he organizes the regular series Videoart at Midnight. And in Bremen as well, he is presenting on 16 December 2015 at the CITY 46 cinema a selection of his video works over 25 years. At the exhibition, the visitor can use a specially developed software to interactively access two dozen videos.

Accompanying the exhibition is a remarkable catalogue with numerous texts and pictures along with an interview with the collector conducted by Christine Breyhan. Design: Cabinet Gold van d'Vlies

Participating Artist
Ken Adam, Marc Aschenbrenner, Sarah Baker, Marcel Buehler, Yvon Chabrowski, Susanne Fleischhacker, Sylvie Fleury, Frank Hesse, Jenny Holzer, Ottmar Hörl, Sven Johne, Rolf Julius, Manuela Kasemir, Via Lewandowsky, Enzo Maiolino, Christian Marclay, Bjørn Melhus, Mathieu Mercier, Tracey Moffatt, Lienhard von Monkiewitsch, Maurizio Nannucci, Stefan Panhans, Angelika Platen, Vandy Rattana, Hans Richter, Julian Rosefeldt, Adrian Sauer, Karin Sander, Luise Schröder, Florian Slotawa, Anton Stankowski, Sebastian Stumpf, Donata Wenders, Wim Wenders.

With the generous support of Waldemar Koch Stiftung, Museumsfreunde Weserburg and Martin & Marion Gömöry.

Tags: Marc Aschenbrenner, Sylvie Fleury, Jenny Holzer, Ottmar Hörl, Sven Johne, Rolf Julius, Via Lewandowsky, Christian Marclay, Bjørn Melhus, Mathieu Mercier, Tracey Moffatt, Maurizio Nannucci, Stefan Panhans, Vandy Rattana, Hans Richter, Julian Rosefeldt, Karin Sander, Adrian Sauer, Luise Schröder, Florian Slotawa, Anton Stankowski, Sebastian Stumpf, Donata Wenders, Wim Wenders