A visit to the Brandhorst Museum – Pre-Corona-Flashbacks.

Entrance ticket to a fascinating world

It feels like a whole decade, but I made a trip to the Brandhorst Museum in Munich in less than a year. A fascinating collection of modern art. I’ll make today’s article relatively simple for myself and simply quote the museum’s website:

The Museum Brandhorst inspires its audience from near and far not only by the largest holdings of works of Andy Warhol’s in Europe. The focus of the museum on works by Cy Twombly and the impressive display of his works are also unique in the world: the monumental “Lepanto Cycle” is permanently presented in a room that has been especially designed following the ideas of the artist. Pop Art and expressive painting are just a few of the numerous movements that can be found here, along with Arte Povera and Minimal Art.

“The museum impresses with outstanding holdings of artists of the neo-avant-garde of the 1960s and 70s such as Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter or Bruce Nauman and the postmodernism of such figures as Jeff Koons, Mike Kelley or Cady Noland. Bodies of work by international contemporary artists such as Kerstin Brätsch, Jacqueline Humphries, Mark Leckey or Wade Guyton open up new perspectives onto the present.

The Museum Brandhorst stands for an ambitious exhibition program that has been attracting international attention for years. Always in focus: the intense engagement with individual artists and their work. The changing collection displays and temporary exhibitions, as well as the comprehensive catalogues, set standards through their exceptional care and scholarship.

The Museum Brandhorst sees itself as a place of creativity and free thinking. It is in this understanding that the house has made it a central task to enable as many children and adolescents as possible to engage with contemporary art in front of originals. A diverse and constantly expanding range of educational services for children and families, school classes and nurseries encourage an inspiring encounter with contemporary topics from the perspective of the visual arts.”

Source: https://www.museum-brandhorst.de/en/museum-brandhorst/, Access 04.11.2020

Enjoy the outstanding pieces of art.

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Art is a piece of shit?

sheela gowda, where cows walk.

On 20.06 this year I had again an art experience of a very special kind. An exhibition of the Indian artist Sheela Gowda in the Lenbachhaus. Right in the entrance area the artwork “WHERE COWS WALK” was hanging:

“The concept of using cow dung for a new work commissioned by Lenbachhaus was a deliberate one.“

Source: Lehnbachhaus (Editor): Sheela Gowda. It .. Matters, München 2020.

„The idea was to lay down six jute “canvases” on the floor of a cowshed so that the cows would drop dung on them as they ate and wandered around. The cows walking over this surface would then imprint their hoofs on their own dung creating an organic landscape in this “collaboration”. The jute canvases were then dried over a period of time. The result, though it could not be exact to the execution method, are tapestries that highlight the surface of the mixture ofdung and hay, interspersed with faint markings of cow hoofs.“

Source: Lehnbachhaus (Editor): Sheela Gowda. It .. Matters, München 2020.

What a brilliant idea. Seriously. Maybe a few guys might wrinkle their nose, perhaps thinking “I could have done that.” Or, alternatively, “So can my kids. It’s not art.” My response would be: “You didn’t do it because you didn’t have the idea.” And I would have swallowed the word „ignorant“. What fascinates me personally about modern art is the enormous variety of ideas, whether they’re large areas of color, abstract geometric shapes or simply potato sacks with cow shit. Back to “How Cows walk”. I also find the philosophy behind the creation really interesting:

„As a medium used by Sheela Gowda in response to the emerging political scene in the 1990s, cow dung has become almost an imperative in 2020 with lynching and communal vio-lence becoming the norm through cow vigilantism enabled through tacit political patronage in India.“

Source: Lehnbachhaus (Editor): Sheela Gowda. It .. Matters, München 2020.

Have a look for yourself, the exhibition is really very interesting. Stay tuned.

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Tante Techno eats Uncle House. The story

tante techno eats uncle house. the video.

This is a weird story about two completely different characters: tante techno and uncle house. Both love music, but totally different genres. Lets start with uncle house. He lives in an emotional world. He reacts emotionally to events and can shift quickly from mood to mood. He has rich imaginations, tells entertaining stories, and he is drawn to romance and melodrama. He is always in the center of attention and likes all kinds of house music. He is easily putting his trust in others and he is seeking always for new opportunities and new relationships.

One day he got an irresistible offer: play a gig with tante techno. She was known for hard, electronic #music and for her impatience. Anyone who played a style of music she didn’t like was simply eaten. Any sensible guy would have said no (!) immediately, but our cute little guy again only saw the great party. It won’t be so bad, at the core tante techno is a nice thing too. His friends tried to persuade him, but it was no use, he wanted to play. And so the disaster took its course.