20.09.2009 – 10.02.2010, Museum

The opening exhibition gives a first look into the treasure trove that is the Biedermann Collection.

Some 50 works will be on show from 26 international, contemporary artists, displayed in themed groups, which will guide the visitor through the exhibition rooms, on a journey of discovery that is both artistic in content and rich in atmosphere and suspense. Lovers of architecture will also gain interesting insights as, in spite of the extensive renovation, much of the original fabric of the building was retained and extended by the addition of a powerful extension built of lightweight concrete.

Various themes have been assigned to the rooms according to the choice of works. The tour starts from the foyer by entering the lefthand exhibition room. Here you will find a type of fanfare for the collection, including works by Pizzi Cannella, Nunzio, Luigi Mainolfi and Pierre Soulages. In one room that is dedicated to the "Musical Metaphors", you will discover an immense sculpture by the young artist Sebastian Kuhn, made up of several concert grand pianos. The newly created exhibition rooms in the extension are dominated by the large-format creations in scorched wood by David Nash and Nunzio. A further area of the exhibition is given over to the "Neuen Wilden". Here the expressive "Rhinoceros" from Helmut Middendorf and its deep, dark, lyrical Charlottenburger Brücke along with the "Van Gogh with torch" from Rainer Fetting radiate out into the room. Opposite them are young artists like Stefan Rohrer und Markus Willeke. Reductionist trends in art will fascinate in the exhibition room on the first floor; Minimal Art from e.g. Elsworth Kelly, Olivier Mosset, Pino Pinelli, Gerhard Langenfeld and Maria Elena Gonzáles.

Works from the following artists can be seen in the opening exhibition:

Darío Álvares Basso (VE), Piero Pizzi Cannella (IT), Rainer Fetting (DE), Dorothy Fratt (US), Giuseppe Gallo (IT), Maria Elena González (CU), Elsworth Kelly (US), Bodo Korsig (DE), Sebastian Kuhn (DE), Gerhard Langenfeld (DE), Wolfgang Laib (DE), Camill Leberer (DE), Luigi Mainolfi (IT), Helmut Middendorf (DE), Olivier Mosset (FR), Michael Müller (DE), David Nash (UK), Nunzio (IT), Pino Pinelli (IT), Gert Riel (DE), Stefan Rohrer (DE), Pierre Soulages (FR), Verena Thürkauf (CH), Markus Willeke (DE)


The following publication is available on request for this exhibition:

  • Selection

    Einblicke in die Sammlung Biedermann / Selection - Insights into the Biedermann Collection
    Museum Biedermann Donaueschingen / modo Verlag Freiburg, 2009 (Language: German, English)