Fareed Armaly, Monika Baer, Michael Ballou, Wolfgang Betke, Francois Joseph Chabrillat, Marieta Chirulescu, Elizabeth Cooper, Cheryl Donegan, Louise Fishman, Jack Goldstein, Gerald Jackson, Jasmine Justice, Paul Klee, Josef Kramhöller, Ferdinand Kriwet, Claudia Kugler, David Lamelas, Ketty La Rocca, Jonathan Lasker, Bertold Mathes, Klaus Merkel, Alfred Müller, Marcus Neufanger, David Reed, Anna Oppermann, Verena Pfisterer, Dominik Sittig, Gary Stephan, Jos von Merendonk, Franz-Erhard Walther, Jack Whitten, Christopher Williams
Curatorial Advisor: Bertold Mathes
Opening 5th February 2016
His Excellency, John B. Emerson, US-Ambassador in Berlin,
His Excellency, Prince Stefan von und zu Liechtenstein, Ambassador of the Principality of Liechtenstein in Berlin
Dr. Friedemann Malsch, Director Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz
HOW TO BE UNIQUE is the result of a (self) reflection of the collection and the resulting innovative perception of it. The exhibition explores the interlacing of textual, structural, and lingual elements and painting with a special emphasis on their material manifestations. From this, two tendencies emerge: On the one hand, informal, abstract, non-representational, conceptual painting characterized by its inherent discourse on painting. Seemingly paradoxical, it makes clear that especially due to its egocentricity, painting is capable of reaching out into other artistic territories. On the other hand, we have works based on text, film, charts that, thanks to their codes – like language, color, structure, form – can in turn once more be related to painting. What is special about the individual works appears to be their immanence, enabling them to communicate with other artworks in the collection. The exceptional character of this collection is its special composition, leading to innovative interpretations of the works that may result in unprecedented new adjustments for each piece. Mutually corresponding, new constellations of images emerge; each image may be freshly interpreted and contrasted with its original meaning. The new space will help to maximize this internal communication.