Zerreißprobe. Pop-Collagen von Warhol bis Polke
The Collage is one of the most influential developments of the art of the 20th Century. Even before the eve of the First World War artists like George Braque or Pablo Picasso started including pieces of fabric or newspaper into their work and by this blurred the line between illusion and reality. In the years following, the Futurists and Constructivists developed the idea even further: From pieces of the old order a new world arises. The Surrealists and Dadaists enthusiastically picked up the technique of the Collage. The connection between different, seemingly opposing elements to a new whole i soften connected with the wink of an eye or a political statement. The real fragments of the media like newspapers and advertisement, which were becoming increasingly popular, worked as a statement on their contemporary times. At the same time the popularity of the Collage meant that the line between high art and low art started to blur, which was a revolutionary step, in which the painted picture lost its higher-ranking position.
The Pop-Art, but also the Conceptional Art and the Nouveau Réalisme took up many of these principles and developed them even further. The Collage seemed to be the perfect canvas to catch the stress and volatility of the modern times on. The technique draws on a well of impressions that mass-media shows to the people every day and shows that reality consists of contradicting information. The new questioning of the material oftens contains a critical commentary.
The 100th birthday of the founder of the collection Heinz Beck marks the opportunity for us to question the material further according to the new line of thought in the exhibition “Zerreißprobe. Pop-Collagen von Warhol bis Polke “. Around 90 different Works will be shown, which are often a Statement on their own time. But they have not lost any of their meaning for today. Quite the opposite is the case: central themes like reflection on consumption, the role of the media, the questioning of gender roles and the danger of the atomic threat are just some of those we come across daily in our modern life.