Dennis Feser: Spherical Practise (Filmstill), 2009 ©VG-Bildkunst, Bonn 2016

Daring to ask
Collisions with the Collection Marta

01.06.2014 –

“That’s supposed to be art?” – “I could do that myself!” These are often the spontaneous responses of surprised museum visitors when they encounter contemporary art. Marta Herford has now deliberately taken such comments as an opportunity for an unusual exhibition project with works from its own collection.


Why does contemporary art evince perplexity and incomprehension in some people, and enthusiasm and fascination in others? And “What is good art anyway?” is a question asked not only by the visitor – curators, art critics and researchers are constantly engaging with the ever new themes and questions that contemporary artists pose.

The interactive exhibition combines selected films, sculptures, paintings, photographs and drawings with simple questions and reflections on contemporary art. Visitors to the exhibition can continue the thus opened dialogue and take part in an exchange in the accompanying digital platforms. The well-known author, curator and Monopol columnist Friedrich von Borries provided some unusual text insertions for the exhibition.

An exhibition, in which opinion counts and in which questions that one perhaps was afraid to ask are expressly welcome!



Francois-Marie Banier, Matthew Buckingham, Nezaket Ekici, Dennis Feser, Tamara Grcic, Sekyung Lee, Hans Op de Beeck, Royden Rabinowitch, Lars Rosenbohm, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Wilhelm Sasnal, Erik Schmidt, Susanne Tunn, Henk Visch, Jens Wolf

Thank you

Marta partners
Many thanks to the Marta Herford Corporate Partners and Corporate Premium Partners as well as the Marta Fund for New Art for their ongoing support of our program.