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Sammlung Scharff-Gerstenberg – Formverluste? | 12.06-27.10.2024

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The focus of this year’s collection presentation from June 12, 2024 from the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection is Bernard Schultze’s „Großes Migof-Labyrinth“ (“Great Migof Labyrinth”) from the Nationalgalerie collection. The environment, created in 1966, was last exhibited in Berlin in 1984. Migof is a fantasy word of the artist, to which he dedicated a number of works of art. „Großes Migof-Labyrinth“ translates the abstract painting of the Informel into a three-dimensional image space made of canvas and oil, wire, wood, fabric and polyester. With its semi-abstract figures and various individual objects, it is reminiscent of the enigmatic exhibition installations of Surrealism in which mythical creatures appeared, birdcages were placed over the heads of mannequins or bulging coal sacks hung from the ceiling. Schultze (1915 – 2005) stages a world of absurdity with which he caricatured the Pop Art that was so successful in the 1980s and at the same time recalls the horrors of the Vietnam War, which lasted almost a quarter of a century.

Image above: Bernard Schultze, Großes Migof-Labyrinth, 1966, Öl, Leinwand, Draht, Holz, Stoff und Polyester(c) der Künstler / Foto: Horst Ziegenfusz

The eponymous question about the loss of form is at the same time a question about its recovery. It can be found in the works of WOLS as well as in the art brut of Jean Dubuffet or the finely crafted color webs of Unica Zürn, Richard Oelze and Ursula Schultze-Bluhm, whose works can also be seen in the exhibition. In addition to the Migof labyrinth, around 60 works are shown in the exhibition. This year’s collection presentation opens at the joint summer festival of the Bröhan Museum, the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection and the Rathgen Research Laboratory of the Berlin State Museums and the Cast Collection of Antique Sculpture of the Free University of Berlin on June 12, 2024.

Curated by Kyllikki Zacharias, head of the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection.


Exhibition period: Wednesday, 12 June until Sunday, 27. October 2024

Opening hours: Wed – Sun: from 11 am until 6 pm


Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg
Schloßstraße 70
14059 Berlin-Charlottenburg


Regular: 10 €
Reduced: 5 €

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