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Ampersand

In the year of the Soccer World Cup in South Africa, the Daimler Art Collection aims to continue its long years of addressing and intensively promoting South Africa’s cultural development with an international contemporary art exhibition in Berlin. The presentation is arranged in dialogue form, juxtaposing current performative, conceptual and abstract tendencies in contemporary South African art with selected works from the Daimler Art Collection.

Monday, 28.06.2010
15:30 (Cet)

 
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In the year of the Soccer World Cup in South Africa, the Daimler Art Collection aims to continue its long years of addressing and intensively promoting South Africa’s cultural development with an international contemporary art exhibition in Berlin. The presentation is arranged in dialogue form, juxtaposing current performative, conceptual and abstract tendencies in contemporary South African art with selected works from the Daimler Art Collection.

The presentation of our Ampersand exhibition includes site-specific installations and video art as well as paintings, drawings and photography. About 60 works are shown. While the exhibition does feature selected predecessors, its main thrust is directed at current works from recent years by younger artists (most of whom are between 30 and 40 years old). Works by fourteen international artists from the Daimler Art Collection (including one South African artist) are shown in a dialogue with sixteen South African artists.

The Mercedes Benz Award for South African Art and Culture was presented for the 10th time in 2009. Since 1999, over 80 South African artists, musicians, architects, authors and fashion designers were introduced to the country in cultural centers and – for the first time – to an international public. The ten winners in the different cultural fields have been presented worldwide in galleries and projects, at Biennales or involved in documenta in Kassel, and are seen as representing advanced approaches to contemporary art and culture.

This engagement was extended by acquiring work groups from the following artists for the Daimler Art Collection – Kay Hassan, Jane Alexander, Guy Tillim, Heinrich Wolff. Additionally, representative works by David Goldblatt, Zwelethu Mtethwa, David Koloane, Bernie Searle, Mbongeni Buthelezi, Claudette Schreuders and Robin Rhode have been bought in connection with the cultural engagement in South Africa. Over the past years, the works in our collection have been exhibited in various different ways. This is why for the present exhibition - Ampersand – artworks primarily by young South African artists loaned from galleries and private collections are on show.

A Dialogue of Contemporary Art from South Africa & the Daimler Art Collection
10 Juni – 10 Oktober 2010
Daimler Contemporary, Berlin





 
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