The works in the exhibition reflected the Daimler Collection’s main focus on the abstract avant-gardes and reductive, conceptual movements from Bauhaus to contemporary art today. The exhibition included about 75 artists from around twenty countries, spanning a period of about one century.
It was divided in various topics, each of which refered to the historical and current positions starting from Bauhaus, De Stijl, Hard Edge and New Color School USA, constructive and concrete art, European Zero avant-garde, Minimal art and aspects of design, to Neo Geo as well as current positions.
The presentation did not intend to place emphasis on an institutionalized sequence of styles and isms but much rather on the dialogue between the individual exhibits and on a discursive interlacing of individual concepts of form and content. Art history was not to play a role in the sense of 'invention' and 'progression' but as a discursive combination of pictures in temporary contexts and transitional forms.
One the most significant and renowned corporate collections in Europe, the Daimler Art Collection was established in 1977. It comprises around 1800 artworks with a focus on twentieth-century abstract art.
Curated by Renate Wiehager (Daimler AG)