anniversary exhibition
20 years Galerie Barbara Thumm

14 November 2017 – 27 January 2018

Preview: Saturday, 11 November 2017, 6–9 pm 


“Twenty years, I can hardly comprehend it myself. But yet the time passed in the famously so-called blink of an eyelid. When I look back, the time unfolds and so many ideas and aspirations, plans, projects, also disappointments, struggle and the rollercoaster of the market, as well as great success and the intoxicating feeling to maybe have succeeded in inscribing something into the greater narrative of art history.


What I have always adored and what still today is inspiring me, is the magical moment when an exhibition project falls into place in the gallery space and the works suddenly begin to exude their breath-taking presence. So, I have asked myself, how can one represent all these countless moments, condensing them into one single show? I started an inner dialogue between, the gallerist, the collector and the curator of my own memory museum. The discussion was lively: what should be included, how big, next to which work, how much space, what to emphasize?


Sitting in front oft he gallery model, sorting through paper cut versions of works in the scale of 1:20, I realized that I had created an exhibition of a private collection of an imaginary collector who had followed the gallery artist. The opulent salon hanging represents the sediment of all these years. I am very happy and honoured to present 40 wonderful artists who have accompanied me and are now contributing to this brilliant exhibition, which depicts the gallery´s history and identity.”


Barbara Thumm, October 2017


Participating artists

Bettina Allamoda, Maria José Arjona, Jo Baer, Fiona Banner, Anna Barriball, Bigert & Bergström, Sebastiaan Bremer, Fernando Bryce, Teresa Burga, Jota Castro, Meg Cranston, Martin Dammann, Sam Durant, William Engelen, Valérie Favre, Ute Fründt, Richard Hamilton, Simon Cantemir Hausì, Diango Hernández, Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, Gary Hume, Alex Katz, Anna K.E., Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Elke Silvia Krystufek, Johnny Miller, Mariele Neudecker, Julian Opie, Anna Oppermann, Antonio Paucar, Chloe Piene, Michael Raedecker, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Jason Rhoades / Jorge Pardo, Ann-Sofi Sidén, Mike Silva, Bridget Smith, Heidi Specker, Neal Tait, Jorinde Voigt


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Installation views "ZWANZIG", Galerie Barbara Thumm, 2017
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Elke Silvia Krystufek
“Butterfly”, 2016
Gallery archive no.: EKr-16-002
Indian ink on canvas
30 x 26 cm
Anna Oppermann
"Objects of Contemplation on the Theme of Admiration – Reason: Goethe", 1981 / 1984
Gallery archive no.: AOp-81-057
Photo emulsion on canvas, hand-coloured
150 x 125 cm
Teresa Burga
“Untitled (Bar)”, 1966
Gallery archive no.: TBu-66-003
Mixed media, collage and acrylic on Masonite
122,5 x 91,5 x 5 cm
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Diango Hernández
“Flores en el mar”, 2017
Galerie Archiv Nr.: DHe-17-022
Öl auf Leinwand
150 x 150 cm
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Bridget Smith
“Blueprint for a Curtain (Domestic interior)”, 2015
Gallery archive no.:BSm-15-0001
Cyanotype print
framed 138 x 107 x 5 cm
Edition 1 of 4 + 1 AP
Fiona Banner
“Cat”, 2017
Gallery archive no.: FBa-17-008
Provost plane, Jaguar tail section nose cone
69 x 143 x 70 cm
Julian Opie
“_OMP3161”, 2014
Gallery archive no.: JOp-14-0001
Inlaid and overlaid acrylic panel
100 x 72,2 x 3,5 cm
Meg Cranston
“’89”, 2017
Gallery archive no.:MCr-17-0001
acrylic on canvas
153,5 x 114 x 5,3 cm
Gary Hume
“Big Baby”, 2005
Gloss paint on aluminium
208,3 x 116,8 cm
Jo Baer
“Farmers, 2020?”, 1990
Gallery archive no.: JBa-90-004
Pencil and charcoal, oil and prints on collaged vellum paper
framed 66,8 x 76,7 x 4 cm
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Alex Katz
“Vivien”, 2011
Gallery archive no.:AKz-11-0001
Oil on linen
167,6 x 121,9 cm
Simon Cantemir Hausi
“Portret”, 2014 / 2015
Gallery archive no.: SCa-14-026
Oil on canvas
120 x 80 cm
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Mike Silva
“Jason (Summer)”, 2017
Gallery archive no.: MSi-17-002
Oil on linen
76 x 61 cm
Valérie Favre
“Selbstportrait (nach de Chirico)”, 2017
Gallery archive no.: VFa-17-0001
Oil on Linen
90 x 70 cm
Michael Raedecker
"Flag", 2017
(Gallery archive no.: MRa-17-0001)
Acrylic, transfer & thread on canvas
100 x 78 cm
Martin Dammann
Gelegen, 2017
Gallery archive no.: MDa-17-008
Watercolor on hardboard
70 x 100 cm
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Sam Durant
“Knowledge is Power!”, 2015
Gallery archive no.: SDu-15-0001
Electric sign with vinyl text
121,9 x 182,9 cm
Edition of 3 + 2AP
Fernando Bryce
“J’Accuse”, 2014
Gallery archive no.: FBr-14-002
Ink on paper
framed 72 x 52 cm
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin