The exhibition is divided in two parts and will show highlights from the collection with very different presentation formats.
Part 1: 25 October 2019 to 6 January 2020
Part 2: 17 January to 1 March 2020
Following on from Part 1, this second edition of “Out of Order” offers a similarly extensive cross-section of the collection assembled by Barbara and Axel Haubrok. This time, ninety works by around fifty artists focus attention on a seminal figure in art: picture objects mounted on the wall. What is foregrounded here, forming the anchor point for many of the conceptual approaches featured in the show, is not what a picture shows but the fact that it always also shows itself as a material object in a specific context.
As in Part 1, we encounter approaches that evoke tradition in subversive new takes that deliberately focus attention on authorship, production, materiality and institutional structures, making them the content of the work.
Karin Sander’s Mailed Painting 109 Bonn – Düsseldorf – Berlin – Dresden – Berlin – Nürnberg (2020), for example, is clearly in the lineage of abstract painting. In this case, however, the work is created not solely by the artist’s hand, but by actions performed prior to exhibitions: the picture is the result of random traces of its unpackaged transport – an image of work that otherwise remains hidden.
Other artistic strategies here include: the development of a logo recalling advertising; reprographic techniques such as photocopying and printing; materials such as posters, but also photographs that resemble abstract painting by showing their chemical processes; found objects like bumper pads that become readymade pictures; but also seemingly traditional forms like gestural painting.
Most of the featured artists have deliberately been included in both shows, creating a link that allows visitors to discover a different side of artists they already know and to discover a surprising diversity of forms of expression.
Once again the presentation of the Haubrok Collection at Neues Museum becomes an expression of experimental exhibition practice: whereas in Part 1, all of the exhibits were evenly distributed around the space, and thus treated as equals, Part 2 features forms of presentation that are inspired not just by the art itself but also by the history of collecting and exhibiting.
The Lightning and Its Flash (Solo for Conductor)
Here, instead of an orchestra, the conductor faces exhibition visitors. The music he conducts is created solely in the listeners’ minds, as the work takes place through this interaction (37 minutes).
The accompanying booklet for the exhibition, which you can obtain free of charge when visiting the exhibition, can be viewed online as a PDF or downloaded here.