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
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