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30.04. – 25.09.2022


9 €
reduced: 5 €
Children up to 6 years: free


Flowers in the art of the 20th & 21st century


Museum Ostwall

FLOWERS! (Bild: Hans Peter Feldmann, Blumenbild ©️ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022))

FLOWERS! (Bild: Hans Peter Feldmann, Blumenbild ©️ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022))

Flowers accompany us in everyday life and are associated with personal memories. At the same time, they have been a common theme in art for centuries. With the age of the Baroque, the flower still life became an independent pictorial genre, in which the beauty of nature as well as the transience of earthly existence were expressed. Even in modern and contemporary art, the motif has not lost its fascination.

Starting in April 2022, the Museum Ostwall in the Dortmunder U will present artistic positions of the 20th and 21st centuries that focus on flowers and make use of a wide variety of media, such as painting, photography, video and installation. The exhibition illustrates the development of flower representations from classical modernism to contemporary art and reflects the artistic and medial transformation processes.

Up to the present day, international artists on the one hand take up the tradition of floral still life as well as natural history field research; on the other hand, they detach the theme from these genre-specific contexts and develop it further. The works in the exhibition show the broadening of meaning and the artistic topicality of this motif: from the formal examination to thinking about oneself, about socio-political and gender-specific issues, about the environment or new technologies. In this context, the flower appears like an empty vessel into which all, whether creators or viewers of art, can fill their own interpretations.

Based on the collection of the Museum Ostwall, 180 works by almost 50 artists such as Max Beckmann, Renate Bertlmann, Joseph Beuys, Fischli/Weiss, David Hockney, Hannah Höch, Robert Mapplethorpe, Gabriele Münter, Gerhard Richter, Pipilotti Rist, Martha Rosler, Suzanne Valadon and Andy Warhol will be shown.

The exhibition is complemented by a diverse interdisciplinary supporting program. In addition to guided tours, workshops and readings, there will be collaborations with the International Women's Film Festival Dortmund+Cologne, the Rombergpark Botanical Garden, the TU Dortmund University and the filmmaker Adolf Winkelmann.

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