Gallery of Contemporary Art
Over a period of six months, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is presenting works from the Old Masters, 19th-Century and Classical Modernism Collections in dialogue with artworks from the Galerie der Gegenwart. All art has been contemporary, which takes its name from a neon piece by Maurizio Nannucci (1999), calls attention to the often forgotten fact that every artwork has at some point been contemporary. While ‘historical’ and ‘current’ works of art may be centuries apart in terms of their date of origin and their style, similarities often exist between them on a formal or thematic level. This serves to remind us that every work of art is an expression of human experience and an exploration of universal issues, and that the artists’ intentions are not as far removed from each other as is commonly assumed. The unusual juxtapositions of works in this exhibition take visitors on an artistic journey through time and encourage a different kind of comparative viewing.