Günther Förg, Christopher Wool et al.
Out of Order. Works from the Haubrok Collection, part 2 (group show)
Neues Museum, Nuremberg
17 January – 1 March 2020
For Axel Haubrok, art is primarily a question of being able to think. Looking at his collection, it becomes clear that thinking about art, its aesthetic dimension, its ability to communicate, its quest for knowledge and the sublime, and its purpose within society in general is a question that is immanent within the system, but also an important factor in current artistic production.
Barbara and Axel Haubrok began collecting professionally at the end of the 1980s, and their collection now contains over 1000 works. Their focus is on international conceptual art at the turn of the millennium, covering the contemporary art of the last three decades. With their keen eye for thoughtful artists, they have made a name for themselves. As well as museum-scale material, sculpture and painting, photography and film, they also collect installations and small-format ephemera. The Haubroks still passionately support activities in contemporary art and culture, including exhibitions at FAHRBEREITSCHAFT in Berlin Lichtenberg.
The exhibition title Out of Order refers not to some kind of malfunction, but to a resistance to any ordering principle, reflecting the mischievousness and non-conformism of the collectors with their eye for particularly “disorderly”, ambiguous and enigmatic works.
Neues Museum Nuremberg
The Broad, Los Angeles (solo show)
8 February – 31 December 2020
In celebration of The Broad's fifth anniversary, the museum will dedicate its first and third floor galleries to a series of free exhibitions and in-depth, single-artist presentations in a unique, rolling sequence beginning February 8 until early 2021 that includes deep dives into the work of icons of American postwar art and 1960s pop, key artists of the 1980s New York and Los Angeles art scenes, and works by important figures of the 1990s to the present day.
An in-depth installation featuring 16 works by Christopher Wool (13 of which are on view for the first time at The Broad) kicks off The Broad's 5th Anniversary Year on February 8. The works on view in this expansive presentation spans from 1985 to 2015, including iconic works that use text, roller paintings, and recent works using digital manipulation, including:
• Untitled (1991) – a work that reproduces a quote from Situationist writer Raoul Vaneigem, which Wool found in Lipstick Traces, a book by rock music critic Greil Marcus).
• I Smell a Rat (1994) – a pivotal work for the artist, in which he began reusing his own work as an image bank for generating paintings.
• Untitled (2015) – a recent painting in which Wool uses digital methods.