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"Painting 2.0": An attempt on the most recent history of painting

Munich - The Brandhorst Museum in Munich tries a history of painting. The exhibition “Painting 2.0 - Painting in the Information Age” has set itself a great deal, namely to tell the story of painting since the 1960s.

The key consideration: "The recurring interest in contemporary painting in recent years has surprisingly coincided with an explosion of new digital technologies."

The friction that developed from the confrontation between modern technology and the classic medium of painting should be the common thread in this exhibition. The central questions: How does the concept of the body change when communication, thanks to technology, can also develop independently of the body? How does it fit together that technology is rapidly changing the whole of society, but at the same time interest in the classic medium of painting is growing?

You can see the who's who of recent and recent West European and North American painting history - including works by Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly and Jörg Immendorff. A total of 230 works by 107 artists will be shown.

"From the advent of television and computers to the so-called 'Internet revolution', painting has repeatedly succeeded in integrating the mechanisms that were supposed to be responsible for its alleged demise," write the exhibition organizers, speaking of the "phoenix rising from the ashes". "Painting opens up at that moment when its legitimacy has been challenged by popular culture and a 'society of the spectacle'."

The exhibition (November 14th to April 30th, 2016) stretches across the entire building, can be seen on three floors and, according to museum director Achim Hochdörfer, is the largest that his building has ever set up. In his opinion, the show, which was created in cooperation with the mumok - Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation, Vienna, is the first exhibition on the recent history of painting for more than 20 years. In 1981 the exhibition "A New Spirit in Painting" was shown in London, in 1993 the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg showed the exhibition "The Broken Mirror".

Since then, no exhibition house has dared to take on the big task, said Hochdörfer. And his co-curator Manuela Ammer from mumok, where the exhibition will be on view from next summer, added, with a view to the five years of preparations for the exhibition: "And now we also know why."

Information about the exhibition