Ashes and Gold: A World’s Journey

Over de expositie

For the first time an exhibition attempts the surprising combination of two specific materials in contemporary art: ash and gold, two substances which could hardly be more different in terms of their cultural significance. Gold is, therefore, not only an elementary natural material, but also a valuable resource par excellence and an expression of man’s desire for the exclusive, the rare, the unique. Ash, on the other hand, appears as its dark, opposite side. It is the residue of the combustion process, the last stage in material transformation, irreversible and final. In the field of tension between these highly symbolic but opposite materials we enter a sensually palpable space between nature and culture, value and myth, between life and death.

As materials in art ash and gold are anything but superficial, because they always speak of an open spirit which invents them, stages them and thereby permanently changes itself. And as symbols of cold, eternal material and hot, material-consuming energy, they are materials with great symbolic power which address the observer almost directly. The high-carat exhibition with numerous renowned artists offers a stimulating parcours through the history of art in the last 40 years.

Erstmals wagt sich eine Ausstellung an die überraschende Kombination von zwei spezifischen Materialien in der Gegenwartskunst: Asche und Gold, zwei Stoffe, die in ihrer kulturellen Bedeutung kaum gegensätzlicher sein könnten. Im Spannungsfeld dieser hochsymbolischen Materialien eröffnen sich dem Besucher Räume zwischen Natur und Kultur, zwischen Leben und Tod.

Pawel Althamer, Gili Avissar, Massimo Bartolini, Lore Bert, Joseph Beuys, Guillaume Bijl, Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, Jacques Charlier, Paolo Chiasera, Anja Ciupka, Thomas Demand, Igor Eskinja, Luka Fineisen, Lucio Fontana, Michel François, Gilbert & George, Félix González-Torres, Filip Gilissen, Subodh Gupta, David Hammons, Douglas Henderson, Andy Hope 1930, Rebecca Horn, Alfredo Jaar, Anish Kapoor, Yves Klein, Stefanie Klingemann, Jannis Kounellis, Gereon Krebber, Bruno Krenz, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Maik und Dirk Löbbert, Heinz Mack, Yaël Nazé, Louise Nevelson, Navid Nuur, Wolfgang Paalen, Mimmo Paladino, Otto Piene, Sigmar Polke, Friederike von Rauch, Man Ray, Erich Reusch, Gerhard Richter, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Jürgen Stollhans, Ines Tartler, Hermann de Vries, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Claudia Wieser, Richard Wright.

Wanneer en waar

  • Expositieperiode was t/m 22 apr 2012
MARTa Herford Museum
Göbenstraße 4-10
D-32052 Herford

open: di t/m zo 11.00-18.00, gesloten op 24 en 25 dec, entree € 7,00