14/06/2024 - 08/09/2024



With Collection+, the Sammlung Moderne Kunst (Modern Art Collection) in the Pinakothek der Moderne has been presenting works from its holdings since 2019. New acquisitions, discoveries and thematic focuses show the diversity of the holdings in collaboration with partners and foundations.

Photographs hold a special place in modern memorialisation practices, capturing the fragility of a moment and ideally preserving it in as recognisable a way as possible. Some artists, however, deliberately choose more abstract forms of memorialisation instead.

In 2015–2016, Geraldine Frisch photographed an abandoned factory shortly before its demolition. The place had absorbed the memories of its past, and the walls spoke of its history. Through her use of angles and framing, Frisch composes images in which the visible world takes on an enigmatic quality. At the same time, and in light of her own life experience, she contemplates what it means to have roots in a place and how borders shift as a result of political upheaval. The idea of shifting borders also occupies Magdalena Jetelová. In 1992, she went to Iceland to trace the Mid-Atlantic Ridge with a laser beam. The mountain range marks the rift where, millions of years ago, the North American and Eurasian plates separated. By means of a simple line drawn somewhere in the middle of nowhere, the artist highlights the absurdity of marking borders. Meanwhile, in 1997, Hiroshi Sugimoto turned his attention to iconic buildings. Seen through his lens, their contours dissolve and shed their temporal context until they seem lost in time.

Photographic abstractions like these play with our perception and are analogous to how human memory and understanding work – they, too, are unclear, blurred, and indistinct, making them also ambiguous and open to interpretation.

Ausstellungsstück der Sammlung Moderne Geraldine Frisch, Die Heimat versprechen, 2016
Geraldine Frisch, Die Heimat versprechen | Promising the Homeland, 2016, chromogener Abzug | chromogenic print, erworben | acquired 2017

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Pinakothek der Moderne
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