I handed a very large yellow book to my daughter as I was walking out the door and asked her to take a look. “If you like what you see in the book, I will take you to the exhibition on Sunday.”

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Zoe is wondering why I have a seriously big yellow book

My daughter is a talented artist who is anti museum, anti exhibition, anti viewing other people’s work in traditional settings.  So far in her young life, I’ve been able to get her to one exhibition of Maximilian Lückenhaus and a few exhibitions in museums in London.  https://munichartists.com/2015/07/13/hats-over-munich-maximilian-luckenhaus/ artwork at a tiny museum downtown.

I kept my fingers crossed that the Big Yellow Book would convince her to visit exhibition number #2.

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Daniel Knorr at Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

The heavy yellow book is the catalogue for the KiCo foundations collection which I picked up during the press conference for “Mentales Gelb. Sonnen Höchststand” an exhibition of artwork from the KiCo Foundation showing at the Lenbachhaus until October 8, 2017.

As I walked through the exhibition, I felt surrounded by artists who were passionate about their art practices— their passion exuded into the museum space and added an energy that made me want to keep walking through the rooms.  I also had an urge to text the artists and send them hand clap emojis and ask them to hang out with me in Munich and create art.  That is how happy I was walking through this exhibition and seeing their finished art pieces.

The creativity, the feeling of immersion and sometimes the humour of the artist is evident in the pieces exhibited and it was exhilarating to walk through the museum with the curator and director who both were overflowing with information and excitement about the pieces from the KiCo Collection.

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Olafur Eliasson Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

The KiCo foundation works with the Kunstmuseum Bonn and focuses on the use of colour and light.   As we walked through the exhibitions, you could tell how happy the collectors were with their art pieces and, that that love of their collection is a bonus for us who get to see the art pieces they acquired.

Because their focus is abstract focusing on light and colour, the collection and exhibition contain, video, photography, digital prints, painting, installations, sculptures and even spider webs.   Walking from one room to another feels like Christmas and I felt like clapping my hands and cheering with what was chosen to be exhibited for us. (I was so happy I even took a selfie with the masked sculptures.

Selected Art Pieces

Franz Ackermann

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Franz Ackermann- Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

I didn’t realize how much I loved this room until I got home and saw how many photos I took of the artwork.   The big wall shows artwork created by Ackerman and the locations where he has traveled. (A wall travel journal) The smaller artworks are his inspiration for his larger pieces.

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Franz Ackermann- Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo
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Franz Ackermann- Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo
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Franz Ackermann- Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

Wade Guyton

I laughed when I saw this piece because I know what it feels like to print the digital colour field and have it streaked.  This art piece created in 2015 focuses on how a perfect digital piece that can be printed multiple times and each time it is printed it comes out flawed in some way even though the original file is perfect.  On the wall of this gallery hang multiple gray colour fields that have all the errors created when the special canvas was put through a large digital printer.

From our own experience, the printing companies ask you not to have colour fields when printing digitally and they told us gray is one of the worst colours.  Knowing this, it was fun to see that Wade Guyton blowing up this flaw in digital printing so we can enjoy the consequences of living in the real world and not in our computer files.

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Wolfgang Tillmanns

Gertrud Fassnacht got caught in my shot of Wolfgang Tillmanns’ work… I thought she would be ok with me exposing her presence at the press conference if I linked to her land art.   Three of Wolfgang Tillmanns Tamayo Lighter art pieces or on display.  The art pieces are playing with exposing light on paper.

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Wolfgang Tillmans- Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo
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Wald by Wolfgang Tillmans-Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

Daniel Knorr

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Daniel Knorr -Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

Another favourite for photos because this artist combines several things I love. He has a sense of humour.  He is making a statement about those public art pieces that I always wonder about and he is creating a body of work that he obviously enjoys making.

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Daniel Knorr-Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

The museum has masked the Lenbach bust in the lobby and if you go into the garden you can take a selfie with one of the masked sculptures in the garrden.  (You have to be kind of tall. I’m too short to take a good one without a selfie stick.)

Daniel covers the faces of the statues to make you pay attention to the sculpture. Who is it? Did you even know that the sculpture was there.  Many of our public art pieces blend into the scenery and people forget they are even there and, when they are gone, they know something is missing but don’t quite remember what it was.  This is what Daniel is focusing on with his masks.   A collection of his raw photographs are located in the space on the way out to the garden—so many forgotten people both subjects and artists.

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Daniel Knorr-Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo
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Daniel Knorr-Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

Ceal Floyer

This is the funniest piece for me.  The piece combines colour in the electrical cord and light in the projection and the bulb.  A part of the installation is up on the corner of the ceiling and not in this shot (a looping video of hands).    Ceal Floyer has a wicked sense of humour which asks you to take a moment and look for the deeper meaning.    You will need to do this with the shopping list entitled “Monochrome Till” that is off to the right of “overhead projection”.

 

Katharina Grosse

I wanted to sink into her paintings.  I think that is all I want to say about her work.

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Katharina Grosse -Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo
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Katharina Grosse -Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter is the inspiration for so many German artists.  The large Glitch art piece to the right was created using a portion of one of his abstracts.  Go enjoy a contemporary German master.

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Gerhard Richter-Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo
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Gerhard Richter -Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo
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Gerhard Richter -Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

Tomas Saraceno

One know a few Munich Artists obessed with nature and I was fascinated with these art pieces created with spiderwebs.  in this piece below, the artist dipped the web in ink so it would stand out more.  The museum has a cubed box with a super cool sculpture inside but it didn’t photograph so well with my iphone so you will have to just go see it.  They have a cover on the box so that the delicate artwork doesn’t get damaged by the lights. Here is a link to more of his spider work but don’t forgetto check the rest of his website, he is not just about spiders, he is about “exploring sustainable ways of inhabiting and sensing the environment.”  Muy Bueno Señor Saraceno.

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Tomás Saraceno at Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

Karla Black

The artist created this installation for this space. The square on the floor is pigment.  We were warned it was very delicate so walk through this room with care.

Olafur Eliasson

“Round Rainbow” is Lovely.  I could have stood in this room for hours.  I did catch a bit of video of it rotating. you can see that on our facebook page.

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Olafur Eliasson-Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo
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Olafur Eliasson-Lenbachhaus – Mentalies Gelb- SonnenHöchstand Die Sammlung KiCo

Conclusion

When I arrived home, I found the book on the dining room table.  Walking over to my daughter, I unplugged her ear bud and asked if Sunday was a “thing.”  she nodded and put her earbud back in.

The Big yellow book contains all of the artworks in the current foundation and is available for under 40 Euro at the Lenbachhaus bookstore.

Written by Emmy Horstkamp

Hi, my name is Emmy and I live in Munich, Germany. If you want to know about art me visit my art page www.emmyhorstkamp.com or visit me in Munich, Germany

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