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Von Erde schöner
The collections of the MGKSiegen

28.5.21–13.2.22

The new presentation of the museum’s collection, “Von Erde schöner” (Prettier from Earth), continues the dialogue between the Lambrecht-Schadeberg Collection and the Contemporary Art Collection at MGKSiegen which began last year. The title of the exhibition is borrowed from Peter Piller’s photo series of the same name. The winner of the Rubens Promotional Award (2004) has developed his own fields of collection from a firm’s estate comprising 20,000 aerial photographs of German single-family homes. In a similar way, “Von Erde schöner” seeks connecting threads within our own collection, so highlighting a special interest in spatial themes.

The relations between natural and artificial landscapes, the relationships between people, architecture and places, and the construction of pictorial space play a role, as well as questions of distance, proximity and our personal perceptions of space. “Von Erde schöner” undertakes a cartography of the museum’s own collection.

With contributions by
Francis Bacon, Bernd und Hilla Becher, Katalin Deér, Götz Diergarten, Christian Falsnaes, Lucian Freud, Rupprecht Geiger, Andreas Gursky, Hans Hartung, Candida Höfer , Mischa Kuball, Maria Lassnig, Armin Linke, Giorgio Morandi, Simone Nieweg, Peter Piller, Sigmar Polke, Yvonne Rainer, Bridget Riley, Emil Schumacher, Thomas Struth, Antoni Tàpies, Wolfgang Tillmans, Niele Toroni, Cy Twombly, Fritz Winter.

Kuratorin: Ines Rüttinger

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Peter Piller, Von Erde schöner, 2002–2004, Contemporary Collection MGKSiegen, permanent loan The City of Siegen, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Peter Piller, Von Erde schöner, 2002–2004, Contemporary Collection MGKSiegen, permanent loan The City of Siegen, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Von Erde schöner, exhibition view, MGKSiegen, works by Peter Piller, Nimmt Schaden, 2007, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, work by Giorgio Morandi, Paesaggio, 1935, Courtesy the Estate of Giorgio Morandi, 2021, work by Lucian Freud, Children’s Playground, 1975, © Bridgeman Images, Berlin 2021, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer


Von Erde schöner, exhibition view, MGKSiegen, works by Thomas Struth, Paradise 1989–2001, Courtesy the artist, works by Katalin Deér, Tische und Bäume, Platten, 2012, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Von Erde schöner, exhibition view, MGKSiegen, works by Francis Bacon, Study from the Human Body and Portrait, 1988, Portrait, 1962, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, works by Antoni Tàpies, Oval gris-marró, 1959, Cos, 1987, Gris amb rectangles impresos, 1958, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Von Erde schöner, exhibition view, MGKSiegen, works by Candida Höfer, Sächsische Landesbibliothek Dresden VIII 2002, 2002, Palazzo Pisani Moretta Venezia I 2003, 2003, Palazzo Pisani Moretta Venezia II 2003, 2003, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, works by Mischa Kuball, moderne, rundum, 1994/2002, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, work by Andreas Gursky, Schiesser, 1991, Courtesy Galerie Sprüth-Magers, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Von Erde schöner, exhibition view, MGKSiegen, work by Hans Hartung, T1989-K42, 1989, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, work by Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1967, © Cy Twombly Foundation, New York, 2021, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Von Erde schöner, exhibition view, MGKSiegen, works by Rupprecht Geiger, 2 x Rot mit Weiß, 1958, 428/65, 1965, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, work by Niele Toroni, Sans Titre, 1974, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

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