The works of art from the Kunstsammlung der Berliner Volksbank (art collection) are not only shown regularly in the Stiftung Kunstforum Berliner Volksbank, they can also be seen in national and international exhibitions. Lending to other institutions is an important part of our work. A selection of current or past loans can be found here.
"JUNGE WILDE - EXPRESSIVE MALEREI IM BERLIN DER 80ER JAHRE" With works from the Kunstsammlung der Berliner Volksbank
The exhibition from 23.10.2022 till 26.03.2023 at the Barlach Kunstmuseum Wedel is dedicated to the so-called "Neuen Wilden", the young generation of German artists who revived figurative painting in the early 1980s. Expression instead of intellect, pictoriality and narrative instead of minimalism – in the works of the "Neuen Wilden" one can sense a departure into the spheres of individual feeling and self-expression.
The original leitmotif of the Kunstsammlung der Berliner Volksbank has always been "Pictures of people - pictures for people". As the main lender of this exhibition, it presents numerous positions of the "Neuen Wilden", which form an ideal fund for the works of a generation of artists whose success story has meanwhile become an art-historical myth.
Among others, works by Elvira Bach, Luciano CasteIli, Christa Dichgans, Hartwig Ebersbach, Rainer Fetting, FRANEK, Dieter Hacker, Martin Heinig, Thomas Hornemann, Karl-Horst Hödicke, Brian Kelly, Bernd Koberling, Markus Lüpertz, Helmut Middendorf, A.R. Penck, Barbara Quandt, Salomé and Bernd Zimmer are represented.
"herzwärts wild. Umbrüche 1982 – 97. Künstlerinnen aus der DDR"
The exhibition at the Dieselkraftwerk Cottbus (Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst) will show works by 18 female artists from the GDR from 18 December 2022 to 19 February 2023 with 20 loans from the Kunstsammlung der Berliner Volksbank.
In the 1980s, many female artists in the GDR drew attention to themselves by expressing changed perspectives of art in critical observations of social conditions. The questioning of state policies as well as the offensively formulated attitude towards the autonomy of the artist subject and her work were expressed. Women artists focused on the female body, often their own. They developed playful and at the same time pointed pictorial reflections of female identities and their self-staging.
Tina Bara, Annemirl Bauer, Ellen Fuhr, Angela Hampel, Ingrid Hartmetz, Sabine Herrmann, Uta Hünniger, Christa Jeitner, Helga Paris, Núria Quevedo, Christine Schlegel, Cornelia Schleime, Gabriele Stötzer, Erika Stürmer-Alex, Ulla Walter, Karla Woisnitza, Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt and Doris Ziegler are the artists on show.
„Wolfgang Mattheuer und Markus Matthias Krüger. Unter blauen Himmeln“ in Rostock
After stops in Aschaffenburg and Erfurt, the Kunsthalle Rostock is showing the exhibition "Wolfgang Mattheuer und Markus Matthias Krüger. Unter blauen Himmeln". The show focuses on the landscape painting of the two artists.
Committed to the Romantic tradition as much as to critical realism, Mattheuer (1927 - 2004) created an extensive body of work in landscape painting. He is one of the "fathers" of the Leipzig School. In the exhibition, he meets the atmospheric landscapes of the Leipzig painter Markus Matthias Krüger (*1981), whose magical realism questions the ideal landscape image.
"Wolfgang Mattheuer und Markus Matthias Krüger. Unter blauen Himmeln" in Erfurt
From 31.07. till 06.11.2022 the exhibition "Wolfgang Mattheuer und Markus Matthias Krüger. Unter blauen Himmeln" will be shown in the Angermuseum Erfurt after the first presentation in Aschaffenburg. More than a generation apart, both Wolfgang Mattheuer as a representative of the early "Leipzig School" and Markus Matthias Krüger are exponents of a style of painting rooted in Romanticism. Atmospheric images and motifs of longing characterize the art of the two painters whose landscape paintings are the subject of the exhibition.
"Wolfgang Mattheuer und Markus Matthias Krüger. Unter blauen Himmeln"
From 26.3. to 10.7.2022 the Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche - Museen der Stadt Aschaffenburg is showing the exhibition "Wolfgang Mattheuer und Markus Matthias Krüger. Unter blauen Himmeln." Among the so-called “fathers of the Leipzig School”, Mattheuer represented the role of the critic, as a keen observer of a landscape that has been changing due to urban sprawl, particularly since the 1970s. Markus Matthias Krüger also stages a mostly deceptive idyll in the manner of the old masters with an almost brilliant, “quiet” pictorial aesthetic. The exhibition is a contribution to the Aschaffenburg and at the same time Lower Franconian culture days on the subject of [art] [culture] [climate] from 30.6. until 10.7.2022. Wolfgang Mattheuer's painting "Sonnenstrasse II" from 1990 was loaned to this exhibition from the Kunstsammlung der Berliner Volksbank.
„Sittes Welt. Willi Sitte: Die Retrospektive“
This year marks the 100th birthday of the artist and cultural politician “Willi Sitte (1921 – 2013). He is one of the nationally and internationally most know artists of the GDR. He is also considered the most controversial representative of cultural politics of this former state. The retrospective at Kunstmuseum Moritzburg in Halle (Saale) deals with the complete works of Sitte, created between the late 1930s and 2005. For the first time since 1989/90 and without any influencing cultural politics, it provides a comprehensive overview of the development of Sittes work and the cultural system of GDR. The paintings “Ober” from 1951, “Frau mit Spiegel”, 1955, and “Selbstbildnis” from 1989 were loaned to the exhibition by Kunstsammlung der Berliner Volksbank.
„Bernhard Heisig – Menschheitsträume – das malerische Spätwerk“
The special-exhibition in Potsdam Museum concentrates on the last decades of the work of this famous East-German artist. Bernhard Heisigs (1925-2011) paintings switch between figurativ-expressive and a kind of magic realism. Heisigs allegoric works persuade with their acutual content up to today. As protagonist of the art-movement Leipziger Schule Heisig has great impact and influence on younger artist-generations. Kunstsammlung der Berliner Volksbank lends the paintings „Selbstbildnis mit erhobener Hand“ 1973, „Der Eroberer“, 1995, and „Filmfestival III“, 1995.
„Zwischen den Welten“ – Clemens Gröszer
On the occasion of the 70th birthday of Clemens Gröszer, the Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche in Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, is showing a retrospective of the work of the artist, who died in 2014. The master of the “veristic world view” often devoted his works to the marginal figures of society. The oil painting “Mummenschanz d’Enfant” from 1999/2001 was loaned to the exhibition from the art collection of the Berliner Volksbank.
Gemälde Januskopf von Harald Metzkes in der Eingangsgalerie von Schloss Bellevue
To mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2019, five paintings by GDR artists will be on display in Bellevue Palace until the end of 2020. Among them is the 1987 work by Harald Metzkes “Januskopf” from the Kunstsammlung der Berliner Volksbank. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier personally selected the artworks by Hartwig Ebersbach, Günter Firit, Angela Hampel, Harald Metzkes and Trak Wendisch from a number of proposals.
Point of no return
Thirty years after 1989, the exhibition was the first to comprehensively present the perspective of the visual arts on the Peaceful Revolution, reunification and upheaval. The works “Pariser Platz II” by Wolfgang Peuker and “Selbst mit abgeschnittenem Finger” by Jürgen Wenzel from the Kunstsammlung der Berliner Volksbank were loaned to the Museum der bildenden Künste in the trade fair city of Leipzig.
Werner Tübke. Von Petersburg bis Samarkand – Unter fremden Menschen
The ninetieth birthday of Werner Tübke (1929 – 2004) and the thirtieth anniversary of Panorama Museum Bad Frankenhausen were the reasons for the special exhibition. On display were around 100 works by Werner Tübke that were created over the course of his travels through the Soviet Union. They presented this important area of Tübke’s oeuvre in a focused form for the first time. The Stiftung Kunstforum lends Werner Tübke’s painting “Im Westkaukasus” from 1989.
Gerd Sonntag. Winken und Warten. Ein Welt-Bild aus Glas und Licht
For this exhibition, which was conceived as a show of works and which, in addition to glass works, also shows numerous paintings by the painter Gerd Sonntag, the Kunstsammlung der Berliner Volksbank lent two glass objects by the Berlin artist to the Jena art collection. The two objects “Susan in Streifen“ and “Das leuchtende Wort Erfolg” were on display in the city on the Saale.
Hinter der Maske. Künstler in der DDR
The Museum Barberini, rebuilt according to historical construction plans, is considered one of Potsdam’s most beautiful buildings. Opened at the beginning of 2017, the extensive exhibition “Hinter der Maske. Künstler in der GDR” was on show from the end of October. In addition, the large-format artworks from the Palace of the Republic by artists such as Bernhard Heisig, Wolfgang Metzkes and Werner Tübke were shown for the first time in more than twenty years. And for the exhibition “Hinter der Maske. Künstler in der GDR,” the Stiftung Kunstforum loaned the painting “Januskopf” by Harald Metzkes.
Wolfgang Mattheuer – Bilder als Botschaft
For the 90th birthday of the painter and co-founder of the Leipzig School Wolfgang Mattheuer (1927-2004), the Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle, the Netherlands, presented a retrospective of more than 90 paintings. One focus of the exhibition was on the most important allegorical, often large-format paintings created since 1965. The painting “Stürzender” (Falling Man) was loaned to Zwolle from the Kunstsammlung der Berliner Volksbank.