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Jorinde Voigt in Ortswechsel at Museum Giersch der Goethe-Universität

Jorinde Voigt, Symphonie Studie Var. II/2 [Symphony Study Var. II/2], 2009. Ink, pencil on paper,
18 1/8 x 24 in. each.

Jorinde Voigt's Symphony Study Var. II/2 is on view in the group exhibition Ortswechsel, featuring the collection of Deutsche Bundesbank, at Museum Giersch der Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt, Germany.

Ortswechsel! The Deutsche Bundesbank's art collection, which has been in existence for over 60 years, is a guest at the MGGU. The works of art are leaving their traditional places in the bank and are temporarily moving into the museum's historic villa. With a selection of around 90 works of art, this first museum presentation of the important central bank collection provides a striking overview of the collection from the 1950s to the present - including works by artists such as Georg Baselitz, Rupprecht Geiger, Isa Genzken, Katharina Grosse, Ernst Wilhelm Nay or Jorinde Voigt. A thematic structure in the rooms of the MGGU creates unusual dialogues and areas of tension.

The beginnings of the collection, which now includes several thousand works and is spread across Germany at the various locations of the Bundesbank, date back to the 1950s and the acquisition of young informal positions such as Karl Otto Götz and Heinz Kreutz. In the following decades, the collection was gradually expanded to include current positions. The acquisition of paintings, graphics and works on paper, sculptures and the occasional photograph also reflects the history of the Federal Republic of Germany: the collection activity focuses on art from the German-speaking area, after reunification in 1990 dedicated artists from the new federal states were added.

Thematic settings such as "Continuation of the Gestural", "Absolute Color" or "History and Stories" throw surprising highlights on the works through the confrontation of contemporary and historical artistic positions: A work by Anne Imhof with gestural scratches in the acrylic paint on aluminum meets the "Overpaintings" by Arnulf Rainer. Rupprecht Geiger's bright red color field encounters the ironically connoted works of Monica Baer.

In her examination of German history, Anselm Kiefer's archaic imagery contrasts with Annette Kelm's conceptual photographs. Visitors are invited to engage in these dialogues and to engage in conversation with one another.

The museum is also presenting two rooms specially designed for the exhibition with new works by Michael Riedel and Frauke Dannert - both of whom are also represented in the Deutsche Bundesbank's art collection.

Finally, numerous photographs refer to the “change of location” of art; They show the art in the context of the offices, corridors and meeting rooms of the Bundesbank. In a short film produced especially for the exhibition, the employees of the Bundesbank have their say: it is possible to experience how the works of art shape the rooms on site and enrich everyday working life.