Left: Lutz Mommartz, Soziale Plastik, 1969, 16mm film on DVD, b/w, still, Duration: 11‘, with Joseph Beuys: Right: David Hammons, The Holy Bible: Old Testament, 2002, Reprint of: Arturo Schwarz, The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp; Both: MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main.

Cerith Wyn Evans, ...rinsed with mercury throughout to this bespattered fruit of reflection, rife with distortion (each other, clouds, trees). What made a mirror flout its flat convention? Surfacing as a solid ... and what was the sensation when stars alone like bees crawled numbly over it?, 2009, White neon light, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main.

American and European Concept Art in Frankfurt's MMK Collection

Foreground, Rosemarie Trockel, Untitled (Frau ohne Unterleib), 1988, Wax, wood, plaster , silk screen print on glass; Background: Drawings, 1984-1989; All: MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main.

Cerith Wyn Evans, ...rinsed with mercury throughout to this bespattered fruit of reflection, rife with distortion (each other, clouds, trees). What made a mirror flout its flat convention? Surfacing as a solid ... and what was the sensation when stars alone like bees crawled numbly over it?, 2009, White neon light, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main.

Alighiero Boetti, Order and Disorder, 1985-1986, Embroidery on cotton / linen, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, (Detail).

Foreground: Ai Weiwei / Serge Spitzer, Ghost Valley Coming Down the Mountain, 2005-2006; Background: Candida Höfer, Haus Metzler Frankfurt X, IX, VIII, 2004; Both: MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main,

Foreground: Charlotte Posenenske, Vierkantrohre, Serie D, 1967, steel plate, hot-dip, galvanized; Background: Sarah Morris, Chimera [Origami], 2009, Enamel on wall; all: MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main.

Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled 2002 (riot kitchen), 2002, White pedestal with white neon writing, laminated certificate, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.

Zinny / Maidagan, M for Migration, 2008, Paper, carton, cloth, framed, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.

Cady Noland, Mutated Pipe, 1989, Metal, plastic, leather, gum, mixed, fabric, laminated paper, synthetic fibre, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.

Francis Alÿs, The Nightwatcher I, 1997-99, Oil and encaustic painting on canvas, mounted on wood, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.

 

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Radical Conceptual
Positions in the MMK Collection

February 19-August 22, 2010

The second presentation of the MMK Collection, and it will include a selection of Pop Art and Minimalist masterpieces, focuses on American and European Concept Art from 1966 to the present. In the context of Hanne Darboven's 900-page written record Ein Jahrhundert – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe gewidmet, which has been part of the MMK Collection ever since the museum opened, the museum is for the first time presenting her musical piece opus 25, which she transformed into a minimalist composition in 1988 by transcribing the pure numerals of the former work into a score.

Other key artworks in the Collection, such as On Kawara's series of Today Paintings and Lawrence Weiner's wall piece STONES FOUND AND BROKEN SOMETIMES IN THE FUTURE correspond to new John Baldessari works the museum has acquired, such as the early films 6 Colorful Inside Jobs or Tony Conrad's Yellow Movies dating from 1973.

The exhibition of conceptual art will be rounded out by current works by a younger generation of artists such as Ai Wei Wei, Francis Alÿs or Jeroen de Rijke / Willem de Rooij, who all take up the lineage of Concept Art and advance it. The most prominent new acquisitions include the expansive ...rinsed with mercury... created by British artist Cerith Wyn Evans in 2009, which recreated in a 25-meter-long strip of glowing neon letters a poem by James Merrill (1926-1995). The MMK is thus building a bridge spanning more than 40 years of international, conceptual art, highlighting many of its different facets in the process.

On Kawara, 24.APR.1989, 1989, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.

On Kawara, NOV.23,1977, 1977, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst,
Frankfurt am Main.

Alighiero Boetti, Tutto (detail), 1994, Embroidery on canvas, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.

Tony Conrad, Yellow Movie 3/31 – 4/2/73, 1973, Paint on paper, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.

Tomas Saraceno, Flying Garden / Air-Port-City / 12SW, 2007, PVC balloon, elastic rope, industrial fabric, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.

Paul Sharits, Frozen Film Frame: N.O.T.H.I.N.G., 1968, 16 mm color strips between, acrylic glass, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.

Alighiero Boetti, Tutto, 1994, 245 x 657 x 3 cm, Embroidery on canvas, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.

Alighiero Boetti, I mille fiumi piu lunghi del mondo, 1976-78, Embroidery on canvas, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst.