29.4. – 12.6.2011
Curated by Christine Nippe
Who would have thought that artists were also collectors? And who would have guessed, that many works have been aquired by trade? The exhibition Artist Collectors: Mona Hatoum, Arturo Herrera and Karin Sander, curated by Christine Nippe, shows in the Kunsthalle Koidl in Berlin Charlottenburg from April 29th till June 12th 2011 the inside of the collecting passion of three producers. The exhibition highlights collecting from a different point of view: namely that of the artists. The exhibition offers a portrait of the relationship an artist‘s œuvre has to their collecting. The double role artist collector is very exciting: what happens when artists suddenly become the patrons of other works? And how is the symbolic and social capital accumulated in the process of trade? Or to speak in terms familiar to Marcel Mauss: which interaction processes enrich each other during the exchange of the gift?
Just as between Pablo Picasso and Henry Matisse, many works have found new owners by exchange. Often such a process takes weeks or as Arturo Herrera said: „sometimes it is like the United Nations, it takes weeks until you decide.“ Works by artists such as from Kutlug Ataman, Thomas Ruff, André Butzer, Sophie Calle, Trisha Brown, Anselm Reyle, Sigmar Polke und Raymond Pettibon will be shown.