3 April 2016 – 22 May 2016
Nine artists will be participating in a specially arranged exhibition at the Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle in honor of the 80th birthday of Paul Ege. According to the plan, which was devised on the model of a blind date, each of the artists will be exhibiting a single work of art. Given that all of the arrangements for the exhibition have been made without informing the passionate art collector, he too will be seeing the exhibited works for the first time at the opening of the exhibition.
The participating artists were told only that they were to limit their contributions to a single work. This essentially left it up to them whether the work would be a matter of painting, sculpture, photography, drawing or installation. Of the nine artists invited to participate in the exhibition, seven have been represented in the Bürkle collection for a long time, while the remaining two will be exhibiting their works at the Kunstraum for the first time. This selection reflects the dynamic development of the collection itself, which has been devoted since its inception at the beginning of the 1990s – initially featuring works of radical painting, a transatlantic movement of self-referential art that addresses topics of its immanent characteristics – to the image in and of itself and its qualities in non-representational art. The exhibition will thereby include not only works by Marcia Hafif, Phil Sims, Peter Tollens and Ingo Meller, but also by Frank Badur, Axel Lieber, Annette Merkenthaler, Beate Terfloth and Reto Boller.
The idea behind the decision to exhibit one work per room was made to enable the collector in spirit to gaze into the future, as it were. After all, it is not for nothing that the rooms of the Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle are otherwise empty. May they be filled by the collector’s passion for many years to come!
18 April 2016: Guided tour open to the public with Dr. Julia Galandi-Pascual
9 May 2016: “The View from Outside”, presentation by Prof. Dr. Günter Figal, Freiburg
22 May 2016: Guided tour open to the public with Eveline Weber, M.A.
Featured artists: Frank Badur, Reto Boller, Marcia Hafif, Axel Lieber, Ingo Meller, Annette Merkenthaler, Phil Sims, Beate Terfloth, Peter Tollens