"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 beginning in 1989. Such events include the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, followed by the reunification of Germany; the events at Tiananmen Square; the Gulf War in 1991; the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001; and the financial crisis in autumn 2008 – to name just a few events that increasingly threatened to destroy world balance. Marcel also explores other factors during this same period that influenced art and the profession of the artist, thereby emphasizing the exhibition's concept: the examination of what defines artistic activity today, beyond national art scenes and specific cultural realms.
Stretch your view
Stretch your view
Julienne Lorz: Joëlle Tuerlinckx and the Exhibition
In her essay, curator Julienne Lorz explores the working methods of the Belgian conceptual artist Joëlle Tuerlinckx, whose exhibitions can be seen as a medium in itself. MORE
Okwui Enwezor: Rise and Fall of Apartheid
The essay offers a comprehensive overview of the pictorial response to apartheid in South Africa. MORE
Branka Stipančić: "Deal with it, Comrade!"
Branka Stipančić on the Croatian art scene during the 1960s. MORE
Ulrich Wilmes: Deep, Dark Time
Catalogue essay by curator Ulrich Wilmes on Baselitz's practice of critical reflecting on his own work against a new temporal background. MORE
Clive Kellner: Kendell Geers 1988 — 2012
Clive Kellner, curator of the exhibition, gives an overview of Kendell Geers' work from 1988 to 2012. MORE
Okwui Enwezor: Gestures of Affiliation
This essay by Okwui Enwezor focuses on three public buildings that respond to the necessity to inscribe new types of historical content into architecture itself. MORE
Film program "A History"
In the context of the exhibition every Saturday films from the Centre Pompidou collection will be shown. MORE
ECM — A Cultural Archaeology: Essay by Okwui Enwezor
Essay "Great Big Ears" by Okwui Enwezor, Director und Curator of the exhibition "ECM — A Cultural Archaeology" MORE
Ulrich Wilmes: "Between Reading and Seeing"
Curator Ulrich Wilmes on the art of American artist Mel Bochner, who is considered one of the founders of conceptual art. MORE
Withholding Images MORE
Patrizia Dander: "Centrifugal Forces at Work"
In her essay on the Croatian artist Ivan Kožarić, exhibition curator Patrizia Dander tries to get to the heart of Kožarić's work, which is characterized, above all, by artistic freedom. MORE
Ends of the Earth and Back
Essay by Philipp Kaiser and Miwon Kwon "Ends of the Earth and Back" MORE
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
Ulrich Wilmes: Ellen Gallagher
Catalogue essay about the cornerstones of the artist's visual language MORE
Patrizia Dander: A Desire for Things
In her essay, curator Patrizia Dander returns to Mark Leckey's 2004 exhibition "Septic Tank". MORE
Alex Kitnick: Everybody's Autobiography
In his catalogue essay, Alex Kitnick looks at Mark Leckey as an archivist of past lifestyles and fads. MORE
A History. Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou
Mel Bochner on his early works
Read Mel Bochner's short texts "Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant to Be Viewed as Art" (1997) and "Misunderstandings (A Theory of Photography 1967-70)" (2000). MORE
Art in the "Third Reich": Hitler's 'Brush Worker'
SPIEGEL ONLINE article on Adolf Ziegler, painter and president of the Reich's Chamber of Visual Arts, whose painting "The Four Elements" was on view in the exhibition "Histories in Conflict" MORE