Ausstellungsansicht / Exhibition view

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How Art Ages
An exhibition within the framework of the project “Powerhouse Deopt”

08.10.2011 –

A trenchant compilation of works from the depots of three very different museums: the LWL Landesmuseum for Art and Cultural History in Münster, the Stedelijk Museum of Contemporary Art (S.M.A.K.) in Ghent and Marta Herford.


Works of art can’t always be looked at and admired; from time to time they also need to rest, to be stored, conserved and restored in specially prepared rooms. This turns museum depots into powerhouses of energy which is periodically released for particular exhibitions. The “Powerhouse Depot” exhibition project explores issues of the storage of art, its aging processes and its conservation and restoration along with questions of how we perceive and attach value to works of art. This three part exhibition marks the opening of the new Marta Depot for the Marta Collection.

Joseph Beuys’ installation “Wirtschaftswerte” (Economic Values) serves as the starting point for an inspiring dialogue with photographs, paintings, installations and objects by Matthew Barney, Dieter Roth, Ulrich Rückriem, Nedko Solakov, Marcel Broodthaers and many others.



Susanne Albrecht, Matthew Barney, Robert Barry, Joseph Beuys, Sergey Bratkov, Marcel Broodthaers, Peter De Cupere, Franky DC, Heinrich F. Funk, Carl Heinrich Lorenz Funk, H.F. Gaudenz von Rustige, Loek Grootjans, C. Keller, Louise Lawler, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Pierro Manzoni, Navid Nuur, Wilfredo Prieto, Tobias Rehberger, Dieter Roth, Ulrich Rückriem, Wilhelm Sasnal, Julia Schily-Koppers, Oskar Schlemmer, Nedko Solakov, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Friedhelm Tschentscher, Gavin Turk, Aaron van Erp, Hannes Van Severen, Jan Vercruysse, Rudolph von Normann, Lois Weinberger, 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.