Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart
Trip Start Aug 11, 2007
23Trip End Aug 21, 2007
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The first exhibition, which continues until October 7, was a Brice Marden retrospective, consisting mainly of paintings of squiggly lines, which reminded me alternately of Golgi-stained neural networks and string theory.
The second exhibition focused on three video installations by Matthew Buckingham, collectively titled "Everything Has a Name." (I'm not so sure about that premise--what about those things used to separate people's groceries on the checkout conveyor?) We were especially engaged by his latest work, "Everything I Need", consisting of two screens
The third and largest exhibition, entitled "There is never a stop and never a finish--in memoriam Jason Rhoades", explored the concept of trash in art. It included works by Rhoades, whose recent death was the impetus for the exhibition, and other artists who, according to the official statement, "incorporated the materials or imagery of trash into their art." This stuff was quite fun, especially the pieces that were sci-fi or comic-book inspired. Some included toy action figures, and one 1989 installation by Jason Rhoades, entitled "A Few Free Years", consisted of two rows of fully functional arcade video games. As I said, the collection was fun, but a tad insipid, especially when it came to framed subway tickets and used tissues. Terry was completely underwhelmed (except by the cyborg-pirate-centaur) and characterized the whole collection as "by and for adolescent boys" and a "celebration of male adolescence." Not that there's anything wrong with that.