130% Sprengel


05. June 2016 – 07. May 2017
Sprengel Museum HannoverSprengel Museum Hannover
Beginning 5 June 2016, the Sprengel Museum Hannover is throwing the limelight on its collection: under the title 130% Sprengel, it is presenting its own collection throughout the entire museum on just under 8,000 square metres of exhibition space. With more than 800 works on display, it will be the ultimate show, enabling a tour through art history of the modern period from its beginnings in 1900 to the present day. The presentation adheres to an interaction between chronological sequence and thematic focuses and presents the Sprengel Collection in an unprecedented scope. The masterpieces from the classic modern period will be on display in the generous naturally lit spaces in the new extension building. The exhibition strikingly underscores the extraordinary status of this unique collection.

The tour begins in the temporary exhibition hall with the splendid film installation Manifesto by Julian Rosefeldt. The large-scale video installation, which occupies the major share of the exhibition hall, could be acquired with the assistance of the Friends of the Sprengel Museum. In a total of twelve episodes, the great manifestos of the 20th century are presented and sounded out as to their topicality for our day and age. Hollywood star Cate Blanchett appears in each of the episodes as the protagonists and fascinates viewers with her acting in a wide variety of roles – as a clochard, a rock star or a broker; as a ballet choreographer, news anchor or puppeteer – and breathes contemporary life into the manifestos of the Futurists, the Surrealists, the Dadaists and many more.

The tour continues in the extension building, where classic modern art is on display with masterpieces from the Sprengel Collection. The starting and end point is a “Sprengel Room” with a representative cross-section of the collection of Bernhard and Margrit Sprengel, who acquired their first work in 1937 after visiting the exhibition Degenerate Art.
This is followed by spaces devoted to the French avant-garde (Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Henri Laurens), German Expressionism (Brücke, Blauer Reiter) and New Objectivity, which are compared with representatives of the Bauhaus and Surrealism. The great art figures Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and Max Beckmann join up in their own space. Finally, the last room in the extension building is devoted to art in the period of the National Socialist dictatorship.

The tour continues in the enfilade of the upper collection spaces with positions in post-war art (Henry Moore, Lynn Chadwick, Ernst Wilhelm Nay et al.). Among others, extensive spatial installations by Daniel Spoerri (Espace basculée) and Anna Oppermann as well as works by Francis Bacon, Franz Gertsch, Gerhard Richter and Marlene Dumas introduce striking accents. The tour concludes with impressive contemporary works by Wim Delvoye and Atelier van Lieshout.

A large exhibition (The Big Shots) is devoted exclusively to Niki de Saint Phalle. A representative selection of her major works, including the models for the famous Tarot Garden as well as several of her large-scale sculptures, such as Gwendolyn, will be presented in the front hall and at the same time constitutes the museum’s display window outwards.

“Cosmos Schwitters”
will be presented in the basement around the Merzbau by Kurt Schwitters: it features major works by the artist in the context of his contemporaries in Hannover of the 1920s, and will furthermore elaborate on his influence on subsequent generations of artists. It strikes an arc from Dada, Fluxus and Nouveau Réalisme to the principle of the collage in the present.

Museum Street and Museum Square will be turned into a Sculpture Boulevard with large-scale works by Aristide Maillol, Anthony Caro, Barbara Hepworth, Richard Deacon, Tony Cragg, Bogomir Ecker and others. Alexander Calders’s large-format mobile Blizzard will make a grand appearance in the Calder Hall. The Berlin-based Albanian artist Petrit Halilal will erect a large installation in the Sculpture Courtyard, which is still awaiting its renewal.

The Collection of Works on Paper constitutes a further focus in the basement, whose theme is the Birth of the Modern Era with works produced around 1910 (see separate press release).

In cooperation with the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung, the department Sprengel Photo–Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung has been completely rearranged: the Sprengel Museum Hannover presents photography and projected and moving images there on a permanent basis in a total of eight rooms with a total surface area of 500 square metres (see separate press release).

A children’s exhibition will be mounted in the former space for photography on Museum Street (see separate press release). Collections from larger bodies of donated works at the Sprengel Museum Hannover can be viewed on the mezzanine floor, beginning with an extensive selection of Horst Antes from the Hermann Collection.

A new, small guidebook containing major works from the collection will be published in connection with the exhibition 130% Sprengel. At the same time, the collection of the Sprengel Museum Hannover is going online (see separate press release). Large shares of the collection can be researched and examined in a database via a portral on the museum’s homepage.

An audio/media guide with a range of different tours through the collection is being prepared and will be available to visitors for education purposes.

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