EVA & ADELE: Transformer-Performer VIA AURELIA, 2008 (Detail) © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016

Two by Two
New Works in the Collection Marta

22.11.2015 –

This fifth collection exhibition since the museum opened offers visitors a surprising and illuminating overview of the works added since 2009 in a special format: “two by two” they open up a unique dialogue about unexpected similarities and insightful differences.

The Marta Herford collection has grown continuously in recent years, particularly with the generous support of the Marta Friends and Supporters. But several gifts from artists and art lovers have also contributed to this. These new additions are now presented “two by two” as works of art put in relation to each other in pairs, explicitly inviting the observer to make comparisons. They pose fundamental questions such as for example which similarities and variations – formal, content-related or otherwise – can be discovered? What functions do comparisons have in the evaluation of art or of two pictures? Who actually makes the rules about what can be compared and in what way? The apparently so simple format of a juxtaposition suddenly leads to a fresh, contemporary view of selected works from the collection which may be comparable or even incomparable.


Mona Ardeleanu, Gabriele Basch, Kristina Berning, Matthias Bitzer, Guillaume Bruère, Nezaket Ekici, Aykut Erol, EVA & ADELE, Dennis Feser, Claire Fontaine, Markus Huemer, Olav Christopher Jenssen, Clemens Krauss, Ingrid Mwangi und Robert Hutter, Nik Nowak, Michael Pohl, Royden Rabinowitch, Martha Rosler, Erik Schmidt, Norbert Schwontkowski, Gavin Turk, Aaron Van Erp, Sonja Vordermaier, Martin Walde, Franz Erhard Walther

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.