We are ending the 300th anniversary year of the Kupferstich-Kabinett 2020 with the exhibition Crossing Borders, Collecting for the Future. Its theme of border crossing appears to be more relevant than ever. So far, the exhibition has not opened, making it all the more important to visualize the idea that art can overcome boundaries. It can be poetically encoded or direct, controversial or vindicating, and thereby connect or divide. Art has the power to inspire, it helps us think independently and better understand difficult ideas. For this reason, the concept of “freedom” is central to the exhibition. On a basic level, a person defines him or herself as an individual against a counterpart, society, and the whole world, which is why freedom and boundaries exist in a productive tension. After the end of the Cold War, this applied to the confusing, globalized world often shaped by populism, and it is all the more true in the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Among the artists featured in the exhibition are Christiane Baumgartner, Irene Chabr, Tracy Emin, Isa Genzken, Félix González-Torres, Mona Hatoum, Olaf Holzapfel, Roni Horn, William Kentridge, Jacqueline Merz, Nancy Spero, Wolfgang Tillmans and Sandra Vàsquez de la Horra.
We have already begun to present the exhibition in social media and will continue to share pictures and videos with you. Short introductions to some of the works are collected in an exhibition guide, which – along with introductory wall texts – can be downloaded here.Read more