Publications

Bruce Nauman

Collector's Choice. Artist's monographs from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection. Volume 10
ISBN 978-3832192839

Why is Bruce Nauman numbered among the best-known artists in the world? What it is about his many-sided oeuvre that has fascinated viewers for decades? Eugen Blume discusses these questions dealing with the works produced to date by one of the most outstanding living artist personalities. The text begins with Bruce Nauman’s own recognition that his works development derives from a disappointment in the ‘conditio humana.’ The author therefore inquires about the conditions of human existence in the nineteen sixties and seventies and what test assemblies Nauman developed to assure himself of this.
In his performances, the artist investigates elemental movements in terms of their significance for art as well as for human existence per se. It is an antiillusionist procedure, a disappointment of references of reality that are also understood as an antiform. Nauman does without aesthetic or narrative dimensions in his works, playing instead with the willingness of the viewer to deal with this work by means of his own actions. Starting with the conversations he carried out with Meredith Monk in 1967 and his encounter with John Cage and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the informative, ‘descriptive’ role of dance and the body is examined as one of the central themes in Nauman’s work. Aside from dance movements, sound also takes on particular significance throughout his work. This interest in sound deriving from Nauman’s own intense relationship to music is joined here by his language-oriented work. Since his days as a student, his dealings with puns promoted by his reading of the works of Wittgenstein are of considerable significance in his oeuvre and are also analysed in the text

Bruce Nauman, Ein Lesebuch

Eugen Blume, Sonja Claser, Gabriele Knapstein, (Hg.) u.a.
ISBN 978-3-8321-9283-9

Architektonika

Gabriele Kanpstein, Matilda Felix (ed.) et al.
ISBN 978-3-86984-397-1

The exhibition "Architektonika" at the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin displayed sculptural works, paintings, photographs and films that relate to architecture in a variety of ways. The thematic presentation sought to illustrate how differently artists have approached the interface between art and architecture since the 1960s.

Besides the design, they also reflect on the social implications of buildings and urban spaces. This publication considers the exhibition from various viewpoints, whilst focusing on individual aspects of this multifaceted topic.
 

Jason Rhoades

Collector's Choice. Artist's monographs from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection. Volume 9
ISBN 978-3832191504

Despite his early death, Jason Rhoades (1965–2007) left behind a prolific sculptural oeuvre. For the first time, Eva Meyer-Hermann chronologically traces the total development and provides exemplary interpretations of this seemingly inextricable work comprising installations that fill entire halls.

The texts override every conclusive historical codification which the artist himself always avoided by means of a deliberate “double” view of the facts.
Jason Rhoades’ work has its origins in the late nineteen eighties and early nineteen nineties when he studied at the University of California in Los Angeles under Richard Jackson and Paul McCarthy. This was a time when the Southern Californian performance scene began to open itself up to exhibition events and the art market in New York and Europe. Rhoades included performative elements in his spatial installations and developed his own thematic cycles of works from it. His sculptural language is trained on elements of mass culture and evolved metaphors by means of great physical exursions which – in their temporality and singularity – signify the unfulfilled desires for spiritual insight.
 

Ich kann mir nicht jeden Tag ein Ohr abschneiden

Publication accompanying the exhibition. From the series "Museum für Gegenwart". Volume 14
ISBN 978-3832191955

Dan Graham

Collector's Choice. Artist's monographs from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection. Volume 8
ISBN 978-3832191108

Dan Graham (born 1942, lives in New York), one of today’s most influential conceptual artists, questioned the autonomy of the artwork early on and re-flected on the role of popular culture in his works. The artistic activities devel-oped by Graham since the mid nineteen-sixties range from newspaper arti-cles, pages of newspapers and newspaper announcements to photographs, performances, audiotape, film and video installations as well as television pro-grammes, hybrid sculptures and architecture.
Graham additionally authored numerous articles dealing with cultural phenomena, wrote video essays, drafted an opera and developed the conception of a museum for an artist (Gordon Matta-Clark) who left no lasting works behind.
Gregor Stemmrich traces the development of Graham’s art and shows how Graham counteracts a culturally predominating use of media.

 

Roman Signer

Collector's Choice. Artist's monographs from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection. Volume 7
ISBN 978-3832177195

There is never a Stop and never a Finish

Publication accompanying the exhibition. From the series "Museum für Gegenwart". Volume 8
ISBN 978-3832190064

With contributions by Eugen Blume, Gabriele Knapstein, Joachim Jäger, Melanie Franke, Roberto Orth et al.
 

Richard Jackson

Publication accompanying the exhibition. Form the series "Museum für Gegenwart". Volume 5
ISBN-13: 978-3832190361

Editorial: Eugen Blume, Gabriele Knapstein  
Text: Catherine Nichols   

Beyond Cinema

Exhibition catalogue.
Stan Douglas, Christopher Eamon, Joachim Jäger, Gabriele Knapstein (concept)
ISBN 978-3775718738

With contrubutions by Eugen Blume, Stan Douglas, Christopher Eamon, Joachim Jäger, Gabriele Knapstein, Anette Hüsch und Britt Schlehahn
 

Franz West

Collector's Choice. Artist's monographs from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection. Volume 5
ISBN 978-3-8321-7650-1 

Stan Douglas

Collector's Choice. Artist'monographs from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection. Volume 6
ISBN 978-3-8321-7729-4 

Urs Fischer

Publication accompanying the exhibition. From the series "Museum für Gegenwart". Volume 3
ISBN 978-3832190347

With contributions by Eugen Blume and Catherine Nichols

Fast Nichts

Exhibition catalogue.
Eugen Blume, Gabriele Knapstein, Catherine Nichols (editors)

Pipilotti Rist

Collector's Choice. Artist's monographs from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection. Volume 3
ISBN 978-3-8321-7540-5 

Martin Kippenberger

Collector's Choice. Artist's monographs from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection. Volume 4
ISBN 978-3-8321-7541-2 

Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof

Exhibition catalogue.
Eugen Blume, Joachim Jäger, Gabriele Knapstein (authors) and others
ISBN 978-3832174934

Rodney Graham

Collector's Choice. Artist's monographs from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection. Volume 1
ISBN 978-3-8321-7497-2 

Canadian artist Rodney Graham strolls in his works through the landscape of Modernism. On his meandering itinerary through photography, literature, music, art, film, psychology, and linguistics, we encounter Richard Wagner, Stéphane Mallarmé, Edgar Allen Poe, Sigmund Freud, and Donald Judd – not to mention the prevalent myths of cinema and popular music.
The contradictions engendered thereby – between conceptual gravity and humorous play, reverential homage and scenarized self-presentation, cultural readymades and a sense of connectedness to nature – betray the profile of a contemporary melancholic.

Now for the first time, Dorothea Zwirner’s introduction to Rodney Graham’s complete works – including a representative selection of works with artist’s commentary – offers a broad monographic overview.

Thomas Schütte

Collector's Choice. Artist's monographs from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection. Volume 2
ISBN 978-3-8321-7501-6