“Paintings, like paths in a maze, move not necessarily forward but furnish space for you to follow out thoughts and thoughts suggested by thoughts, sometimes leading to dead ends, other times opening out, and again at other times doubling back, bringing you again into familiar territory. Intervening time, however, has changed things, and the experience becomes something new.” (Robert Mangold, Studio Notes)
Robert Mangold’s outstanding painting Light Ellipse / Grey Frame from 1989 is the embodiment of this creative stand and continues to fascinate and inspire. In his works, the artist combines all elements of painting like outline shapes and internal forms, surfaces and lines, colour tones and structures, to one holistic work of unique quality. Thus driven from new experiences, we will continue to walk off the beaten track in the coming year. We hope you too, could set the course for a good future and look forward to a productive and inspiring new year!
The Studio Notes by Robert Mangold together with more stunning illustrations of his paintings are published in our Mangold catalogue. For more illustrations and information on Light Ellipse / Grey Frame consider ordering our monograph Three Works by Robert Mangold.
The Raussmüller Collection exhibits “Flour Arrangements” (1966) by Bruce Nauman at Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt. The work, that recently has been exhibited at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris as ground-breaking innovation in artistic use of photographic techniques, will enter into dialogue with works by Alberto Giacometti. The exhibition Giacometti-Nauman in Frankfurt sets out to highlight common ground in the work of these two outstanding artists of the 20th century.
Find out more about “Flour Arrangements” and its history in our Highlights
Since the 1960ies Jannis Kounellis has created artworks that stand out for their strong physical and emotional force. They consist of materials of everyday life and even incorporate life itself: fragments of the real world, like animals, plants, coal or hair are included into “scenic” situations of unmatched poetry and vibrancy. By overcoming the gap between art and reality, Kounellis has had a lasting influence on the development of art – much beyond the concept of Arte Povera.
Three major works in this development are now the subject of distinctive monographs of Raussmüller Collection. With enlightening texts by Christel Sauer and informative large-scale images the booklets give access to a leading artist of our time and his groundbreaking three-dimensional “images”.
Find out more about the new publications in our bookshop.
On August 27 the new issue of Kunstmagazin BLAU will be published with a contribution on Robert Ryman. Urs Raussmüller comments on Ryman’s work in an interview montage by Max Dax. The article contains illustrations of works from the Raussmüller Collection.
BLAU is distributed along with the daily Die Welt and is available at newsagents.
The work from the Raussmüller Collection marks a turning point in Marcel Broodthaers’ oeuvre. It is a model for the rejection of an object-oriented art in favour of complex, ambiguous installations. Taken from its original context, the golden front side with the words “Coupons”, “Change”, and “Ordres de bourse” still reminds us of the origin of the counter in the world of money. But the windows are painted over; the look through the glass is blocked. Looking on the back side, we see another picture. The green side of poetry contradicts the first impression: as if it were a market place for poetry, we read “poemes” written by hand over the windows. Seemingly arbitrary combinations of letters on the other windows encourage the search for poetic meaning, while simultaneously contradicting a literal sense. Later, the bank turned from object to being part of a happening, where poets recited poems through the windows to the audience.
A retrospective of the work of Marcel Broodthaers is on view at MoMA in New York until 15th of May. The work from the Raussmüller Collection is prominently featured in the catalogue. After closing in New York, the exhibition will travel to Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, in October 2016, and to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, in early 2017.
Bruce Nauman’s first art work using photography, “Flour Arrangements,” from 1966, initiates a far reaching change in the artistic use of photographic techniques. The artist, who influenced generations of fellow artists until today, uses the medium no longer to represent an existing reality. With the present work, he makes photography an accomplice in an extensive artistic process. Instead of a mere form of representation, the medium becomes a wide field of experimentation of artistic practice.
The Raussmüller Collection is showing the exemplary “Flour Arrangements” from March 25 to July 17 in the exhibition “La Boîte de Pandore: Une autre photographie par Jan Dibbets” at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
Get more information about this fascinating art work and its history in our Highlights (including illustration).