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Raphaela Simon et al.

Friendship. Nature. Culture. 44 Years of the Daimler Art Collection (group show)
Daimler Contemporary, Berlin
23 October 2021 – 28 August 2022

Installation view: Daimler Collection, 2021, © VG Bild-Kunst
Installation view: Daimler Collection, 2021, © VG Bild-Kunst

Raphaela Simon’s painting Pfeife II (Pipe II), 2021 is included in the group exhibition Friendship. Nature. Culture. 44 Years of the Daimler Art Collection. Works from the Collection 1920–2021, on view at the Daimler Contemporary in Berlin until 29 May 2022.

This anniversary exhibition looks back on the development of an internationally renowned corporate collection. From over 3,000 artworks in the collection, founded in 1977, about 100 works by ca. 70 artists have been selected. Relating, in a broad sense, to contemporary phenomena in the context of friendship, nature and culture, the artistic works from a period of 100 years form networks and explore the interplay between art and human coexistence.

The exhibition shows a cross-section of the collection’s history from its beginnings in the tradition of South German Modernism, through abstract-minimalist approaches, and further to a current focus on international photography and media art. This multifaceted horizon of art history and the diversity of materials and media reflect the profile of the Daimler Art Collection. At the same time, the orientation towards reduced, conceptual, and minimalist tendencies is perceptible throughout. Another focus of the collection’s development since 2000 has been on works by women artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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