A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou

EXHIBITION 25.03 – 04.09.16

In 2016, two prominent exhibition projects explore the pressing question of which factors remain relevant to the writing of art history. While "Postwar - Art between the Pacific and Atlantic, 1945–1965" concentrates on the time immediately after World War II, "A History: Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou" provides an overview of contemporary art since the 1980s with 160 works by more than 100 artists.

The year 1989 marked a break with the past and the start of a new era. The fall of the Berlin Wall toppled divisions in the world of European art, while the events of Tiananmen Square focused attention on a new China. The ongoing globalization allows for an unprecedented mobility. The static understanding of identity, once based on origin and nationality, has since given way to a more transnational and variable narrative. Contemporary artistic proposals, which arise from the new "decolonized subjectivity", are also based on a new understanding of site-specificity. For example, in the 1960s and 1970s the protagonists of Land Art still understood landscapes primarily as post-industrial ruins. In contemporary artistic practice, however, space is defined above all socially and politically – by traumatic historical events, home country, exile, diaspora and hybrid identities, such as African-American, Latino, Turkish-German, African-Brazilian, and so forth. The new presentation of the Centre Pompidou contemporary collections at Haus der Kunst focuses particularly on this altered geography, notably the former Eastern Europe, China, Lebanon, and various Middle Eastern countries, India, Africa, and Latin America.
This is the first time such a large-scale view of the Centre Pompidou collection has been presented outside France.

The exhibition is organized by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Haus der Kunst, Munich.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Slave Auction, 1982, Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d'art moderne – Centre de création industrielle, donation of Société des Amis du Musée national d'art moderne, 1993 © The Estate of Jean Michel Basquiat, Adagp, Paris 2016 / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Philippe Migeat/Dist. RMN-GP
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Slave Auction, 1982, Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d'art moderne – Centre de création industrielle, donation of Société des Amis du Musée national d'art moderne, 1993 © The Estate of Jean Michel Basquiat, Adagp, Paris 2016 / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Philippe Migeat/Dist. RMN-GP
Thomas Hirschhorn, Outgrowth, 2005, Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d'art moderne – Centre de création industrielle, purchase 2006 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Georges Meguerditchian/Dist. RMN-GP
Thomas Hirschhorn, Outgrowth, 2005, Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d'art moderne – Centre de création industrielle, purchase 2006 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Georges Meguerditchian/Dist. RMN-GP
Yto Barrada, Untitled, 1998–2004, donation of Caisse des Dépôts, 2006, Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris Musée national d'art moderne – Centre de création industrielle © Yto Barrada, photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Georges Meguerditchian/Dist. RMN-GP
Yto Barrada, Untitled, 1998–2004, donation of Caisse des Dépôts, 2006, Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris Musée national d'art moderne – Centre de création industrielle © Yto Barrada, photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Georges Meguerditchian/Dist. RMN-GP
Michel François, Affiche Cactus, 1997, Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d'art moderne – Centre de création industrielle © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Philippe Migeat/Dist. RMN-GP
Michel François, Affiche Cactus, 1997, Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d'art moderne – Centre de création industrielle © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Philippe Migeat/Dist. RMN-GP
Chéri Samba, Marche de soutien à la campagne sur le SIDA, 1988, purchase 1990, Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris Musée national d'art moderne – Centre de création industrielle © Chéri Samba, photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Philippe Migeat/Dist. RMN-GP
Chéri Samba, Marche de soutien à la campagne sur le SIDA, 1988, purchase 1990, Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris Musée national d'art moderne – Centre de création industrielle © Chéri Samba, photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Philippe Migeat/Dist. RMN-GP
Hans Haacke, MetroMobiltan, 1985, Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d'art moderne – Centre de création industrielle © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Georges Meguerditchian/Dist. RMN-GP
Hans Haacke, MetroMobiltan, 1985, Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d'art moderne – Centre de création industrielle © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Georges Meguerditchian/Dist. RMN-GP
Lijun Fang, Untitled, 2003, Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d'art moderne – Centre de création industrielle, purchase 2004 © Lijun Fang, photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/G
Lijun Fang, Untitled, 2003, Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d'art moderne – Centre de création industrielle, purchase 2004 © Lijun Fang, photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/G
A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2016, photo Maximilian Geuter
A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2016, photo Maximilian Geuter
A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2016, photo Maximilian Geuter
A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2016, photo Maximilian Geuter
A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2016, photo Maximilian Geuter
A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2016, photo Maximilian Geuter
A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2016, photo Maximilian Geuter
A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2016, photo Maximilian Geuter
A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2016, photo Maximilian Geuter
A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2016, photo Maximilian Geuter
A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2016, photo Maximilian Geuter
A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2016, photo Maximilian Geuter
A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2016, photo Maximilian Geuter
A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou, installation view, Haus der Kunst, 2016, photo Maximilian Geuter

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Picture Gallery


Worksheets

Worksheet on "Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou"

Here you find the worksheet on the exhibition "A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou" MORE


Video

Exhibition Film: "A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou"

The exhibition provides an overview of global contemporary art since the 1980s. MORE


Film screening

Film program "A History"

In the context of the exhibition every Saturday ­films from the Centre Pompidou collection will be shown. MORE


Essay

"A History" – Essay by Christine Macel

In her essay, Christine Macel, head curator of the Centre Pompidou, outlines the historic upheavals of the past 30 years, which affected and changed the art world. MORE