The large-scale retrospective “Travelling the World. Art from Germany” transformed the new Plovdiv galleries into European museums
The largest traveling German exhibition with original works of encyclopedic names in the contemporary art opened on October 11 in the two newest exhibition spaces in Plovdiv. The event is one of the main focuses of the year and is the result of an active partnership between Plovdiv 2019, Goethe Institut - Bulgaria and the Institute for International Relations of Germany (ifa).
The exhibition was named "Travelling Museum" by the artistic director of "Plovdiv 2019" Svetlana Kuymdzhieva
The collection includes around 320 works presenting notable names, among them Gerhard Richter from 90s, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Sibylle Bergemann, Joseph Beuys from the 50s, objects and installations by prominent Fluxus members such as Wolf Fostel and Dieter Roth, Katharina Fritsch, Hermann Glöckner, Andreas Gursky, Matthias Hoch, Candida Höfer, Barbara Klemm, Nam June Paik, Dieter Roth, Thomas Ruff, Karin Sander, Thomas Schütte, early photographs by Wolfgang Tillmans and Andreas Gurski, Günther Uecker, Wolf Vostell, Ulrich Wüst sculptures, paintings, photographs and objects of the most prominent women artists of the last 60 years such as Iza Gentzken, Candida Hoefer, Rebecca Horn, Magdalena Yetelova, photographs that reveal little known aspects of the ideological reality in the two parts of Germany during the Cold War by Arno Fischer, Barbara Klem, Zibile Bergemann, Ulrich Wust, Andre Gelpke, Bernd's school and Hilla Becher.
During the opening, the curators Matthias Flügge and Matthias Winzen specifically emphasized the main idea of the exhibition to show how similar the processes that take place in art on both sides of the Berlin Wall are and that art history is always different, more independent and meaningful than political history. A special tour for the guests of the opening in the two galleries was also held by the curators, telling about the individual works, the authors and the whole chronology from the middle of the 20th century to the present day.
The Deputy Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Bulgaria, Mr. York Schuegraf, especially noted the transformation of Plovdiv and the success of the European Capital of Culture initiative.
Among the official guests was Marina Ludeman, the new director of the Goethe Institut in Bulgaria, which is among the most active partners of the big European project. In her speech, she stressed the value of this cooperation, which began in 2017 with the visit of the programme director of the oldest German organization for international cultural exchange ifa in Bulgaria.
The exhibition will be on display at the Kapana Gallery (29 Rayko Daskalov Street) and the 2019 Exhibition Hall (32 Gladstone Street) until December 8. Admission is free.
More about ifa - www.ifa.de/en/travelling-the-world-art-from-germany
Link to the event on Facebook HERE.
Photo credit for the photos from the opening of the exhibition: © Rosina Pencheva / PUNKT studio.