Magdalena Jetelová, Iceland Project, 1992, image size 124 x 180 cm, Gelatin silver print on aluminium, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, since 2004 permanent loan from Allianz Private Krankenversicherungs-AG, München © Magdalena Jetelová, Reprography: Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Sibylle Forster
Magdalena Jetelová, Iceland Project, 1992, image size 124 x 180 cm, Gelatin silver print on aluminium, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, since 2004 permanent loan from Allianz Private Krankenversicherungs-AG, München © Magdalena Jetelová, Reprography: Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Sibylle Forster

Collection+ | Walk the line

Abstract Horizons

Photographs by Geraldine Frisch, Magdalena Jetelová and Hiroshi Sugimoto

Pinakothek der Moderne | Art
6/14/24 — 9/8/24
Room 26

With Collection+, the Sammlung Moderne Kunst (Modern Art Collection) in the Pinakothek der Moderne has been presenting works from its holdings since 2019. New acquisitions, discoveries and thematic focuses show the diversity of the holdings in collaboration with partners and foundations.

Photographs hold a special place in modern memorialisation practices, capturing the fragility of a moment and ideally preserving it in as recognisable a way as possible. Some artists, however, deliberately choose more abstract forms of memorialisation instead.

In 2015–2016, Geraldine Frisch photographed an abandoned factory shortly before its demolition. The place had absorbed the memories of its past, and the walls spoke of its history. Through her use of angles and framing, Frisch composes images in which the visible world takes on an enigmatic quality. At the same time, and in light of her own life experience, she contemplates what it means to have roots in a place and how borders shift as a result of political upheaval. The idea of shifting borders also occupies Magdalena Jetelová. In 1992, she went to Iceland to trace the Mid-Atlantic Ridge with a laser beam. The mountain range marks the rift where, millions of years ago, the North American and Eurasian plates separated. By means of a simple line drawn somewhere in the middle of nowhere, the artist highlights the absurdity of marking borders. Meanwhile, in 1997, Hiroshi Sugimoto turned his attention to iconic buildings. Seen through his lens, their contours dissolve and shed their temporal context until they seem lost in time.

Photographic abstractions like these play with our perception and are analogous to how human memory and understanding work – they, too, are unclear, blurred, and indistinct, making them also ambiguous and open to interpretation.

 Curator: Franziska Kunze

Collection+ 2024 | Walk the Line

With the motto "Walk the Line", the Modern Art Collection presents six exhibitions in six rooms, which show different artistic paths into abstraction. Line, gesture and the question of material serve as creative starting points. Just how multifaceted these paths can be is revealed through selected positions from different areas of the collection and collaborations, which include painting and photography, drawing and sculpture: Balancing acts that move formally between representationalism and abstraction and at the same time explore the critical potential of unconventional lines.