Artists show their collection

With the presentation of hitherto rarely seen collections of contemporary artists, Marta Herford engages with a rarely noticed phenomenon. Artist collections are condensed here into entirely personal ideas of a museum.

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Artists show their collection

28 June – 5 October 2014, Marta Herford (Gehry galleries)

Seven international artists reveal what in some cases is a hidden passion for collection. The collection areas range from noteworthy works by fellow artists to historical photography, right up to everyday objects.

The special nature of the exhibition, however, consists in the fact that the participants do not simply lend their collections to the museum. Rather, each artist presents his or her own individual, very personal “Museum of Passion”, which in many cases also features works of their own.

In contrast to classical museum collections, artist collections are non-hierarchical and non-scientific compilations which often blur the conventional boundaries between high and popular culture, between industrial perfection and handicraft simplicity, between the valuable and the valueless. When artists set out to collect art – whether the Old Masters or contemporary art – this often reveals a source of stimulus, influence and inspiration with respect to their own work.

Artist collections by

Herbert Brandl, Bogomir Ecker, Helmut Federle, Katharina Grosse, Friedrich Kunath, Jonathan Meese, Karin Sander

Exhibition views
A collection of 7 posters with attractive motifs. The rear sides function as a companion to the exhibition with statements of the participating artists on the origins and the essence of their collection, as well as pictures taken in the studios and special collection objects.
Format: 21 x 29 cm
7 DIN A0 sheets folded to DIN A4
Carry folder of stronger cardboard
Language: German | English
Published by: Marta Herford gGmbH
Price: 15 €
single poster in a role: 5 €

Participating artists

Bas Jan Ader, Hördur Ágústsson, Stefan Alber, Katrin Albrecht, Bigir Andrésson, Polly Apfelbaum, Nobuyoshi Araki, Ingólfur Arnarsson, Ole Aselmann, Thomas Bayrle, Dirk Bell, David Berman, Nora Berman, Joseph Beuys, Sofie Bird Møller, R.O. Blechmann, Hanna Brandes, Herbert Brandl, Kevin D. Buck, Winfried Bullinger, Antonio Catelani, Brian Child, Larry Clark, Jean Cocteau, Walter Dahn, Hanne Darboven, Paul Darius, Feng Dazhong, Dieter Detzner, Martin Disler, Jiří Georg Dokoupil, Peter Downsborough, Peter Dreher, Heinrich Dunst, Bogomir Ecker, Ayşe Erkmen, EVA & ADELE, Helmut Federle, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Tony Fomison, Bernard Frize, Dieter Froelich, Carey Garris, Gelitin, Ludwig Gosewitz, Barbara Grosse, Katharina Grosse, Kristján Gudmundsson, Marcia Hafif, Richard Hamilton, Elín Hansdóttir, Rachel Harrison, Mona Hatoum, Camille Henrot, Siggi Hofer, Manfred Holtfrerich, Joseph Hoyt, Stefan Höller, Markus Huemer, Sara Hughes, Margarete Jakschik, Eckhard Karnauke, San Keller, Anette Kelm, Martin Kippenberger, Konrad Klapheck, Gisela Kleinlein, Daniel Knorr, Peter Kogler, Eustachy Kossakowski, Friedrich Kunath, František Kupka, Justine Kurland, Christin Lahr, Andreas Lang, Jochen Lempert, Eileen Leung, Tumi Magnusson, Fabian Marcaccio, Chris Marker, Allan McCollum, Bernd Mechler, Jonathan Meese, Florian Meisenberg, Isa Melsheimer, Enrique Metinides, Nanne Meyer, Marcel Mieth, Judy Millar, Gerold Miller, Boris Mikhailov, Bruno Munari, Jason Nocito, Manfred Pernice, Ulrich Pester, Sofia Pompéry, Peter Pumpler, Adam Rabinowitz, Anselm Reyle, Bernd Ribbeck, Ragna Róbertsdóttir, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Daniel Roth, Nikolai von Rosen, Thomas Ruff, Karin Sander, Christoph Schellberg, Charlotte Schleiffert, Jean-Jaques Sempé, Regina Schmeken, Michael Schmelling, Grace Shirley, David Shrigley, Wiebke Siem, Andreas Slominski, Nedko Solakov, Anne Staab, Michael Stephan, Jessica Stockholder, Christine Streuli, Mario Testino, Roland Thomson, Miroslav Tichý, Gert & Uwe Tobias, Sue Tompkins, Rosemarie Trockel, Lee Ufan, Danh Vo, Herman de Vries, Harry Walter, John Waters, Lawrence Weiner, Franz West, Georg Winter, Sol LeWitt, Jonas Wood, Matt Wood, Christopher Wool, Petra Wunderlich, Rémy Zaugg, Holly Zausner, David Zepter, Peter Zimmermann

Exhibition supporter

The project is generously supported by Kunststiftung NRW.

Exhibition sponsor

Material sponsors

Our most sincere thanks to the Marta Herford Corporate Partners and Corporate Premium Partners for their longterm support of our program.

Exhibition poster

Video: Exhibition trailer (German)

View into the studio of Herbert Brandl with a little part of his remarkable collection.

As a passionate collector Friedrich Kunath presents his objects in highly ideosyncratic installations.