Until 1 June 2009, post-1950 art from the Staatsgalerie collection – including examples long kept in storage – will be on display in the new exhibition rooms. Upon entering the ground floor galleries through the sumptuously redesigned entrance hall, the visitor encounters art of the recent past to the very present: paintings, sculptures, objects, installations and photographic works of the post-1950 period are now on view in altogether ten new rooms. The exhibition represents the final leg of the journey through the history of art from 1350 onward begun in the galleries on the museum’s upper levels.
The art of the 1950s and early ’60s is represented primarily by Informel and artists of many nationalities such as Pierre Soulages, Mark Tobey, Gerhard Hoehme and K. R. H. Sonderborg. Ad Reinhardt, Frederick Lane Sandback, Richard Serra, Imi Knoebel and other important protagonists of Minimal Art form a further focal point, as does the prominently staged Fluxus movement with works by Dieter Roth and George Brecht.
In rooms devoted to such themes as »Rituals« or »The Body«, works by Jannis Kounellis, Bruce Nauman and Asta Gröting are enhanced with examples from the photography collection by Rebecca Horn, John Coplans, Klaus Rinke and others. Further highlights are Georg Baselitz and Anselm Kiefer as well as a room featuring Neo Rauch and Daniel Richter.