DIRK SALZ - Finale – Director's Cut
May 15, 2022
Insights into growing a collection
Finale - in football it would be a final, for the museum of the Palatinate District Association, which is primarily dedicated to art from the 19th century to the present, it is the upcoming exhibition that brings together numerous acquisitions and donations from the past three decades into a varied course . The show thus honors the achievements of Britta E. Buhlmann, who, as director between 1994 and 2021, expanded and decisively shaped the museum's art collection. In the spring of 2022, there will be a change at the top of the mpk. The director took one last look at purchases and donations and made a very personal selection from them – a Director's Cut to say goodbye.
Visiting numerous trade fairs and exhibitions, meeting and working with artists have been welcome opportunities for Britta Buhlmann and her team to acquire new works for the museum over the past few decades. The donations that artists, collectors and galleries have bestowed on the house are also extensive. Some of the works were acquired as additions to existing collections, while others are unique positions which, over the years, have combined to form an overview of contemporary artistic approaches. On the one hand, numerous styles and on the other hand, thematic complexes emerge, which were and are brought to the attention of our visitors at irregular intervals through temporary exhibitions.
Classic Modernism was expanded through important works by Otto Dix, Hermann Scherer and Carl Buchheister, the sculpture department through important positions by François Morellet, Karin Sander, Kiki Smith, Werner Pokorny and others. A new collection area was established with works by American artists such as Carmen Herrera, Charles Pollock and Richard Pousette-Dart. Quite a few positions were presented to a German or even European audience for the first time at the mpk.
As a special farewell gift for its director, the mpk team has been preparing the extensive Finale exhibition for more than a year. The selected works will impressively show how high-quality the art collection of the house has grown since the 1990s, especially in the area of concrete art, which is an important focus. Painting and sculpture, but also more conceptual processes such as light art, can be studied in detail in the special exhibition using outstanding objects and will stimulate exciting dialogues and perhaps even raise controversial questions. It will be interesting to see how the curators interpret the 1.3 million grains of sand by Jochem Hendricks, the glowing neon tubes by François Morellet and the atmospheric, partly abstract landscapes by Walter Leistikow, Daniel Sigloch and Michael Growe. One thing is certain: for the mpk, the exhibition is by no means the final whistle, but the prelude to new perspectives.
Please note: The exhibition extends over three levels and is presented in full until February 13, 2022. Individual areas will be remodeled for the subsequent exhibitions. The works in the exhibition can be seen as follows:
Level 2 (laboratory and graphics cabinet) by February 13, 2022
Level 3 (skylight
room) by March 13, 2022 Level 0 (showrooms) by May 8, 2022
Curators: Hanna Diedrichs gen. Thormann MA, Dr. Soren Fischer,
Dr. Svenja Kriebel, Andrea Loeschnig MA, Dr. Annette Reich