Jean-Michel Basquiat, Blue Gyp Stock, 1983, Acryl und Wachskreide auf Leinwand, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst Aachen, Leihgabe der Peter und Irene Ludwig Stiftung / © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2020, Foto: Carl Brunn

Highlights of the Collection

Or: How images and their cultural meaning are constantly getting updated.

When Peter and Irene Ludwig started to build up their art collection in the 1960s, the world was shaped by sociopolitical changes, the focus of which was the USA: In addition to flaring and ever-increasing conflicts, the civil rights movement succeeded in making its voice heard and shortly afterwards the first positive results were achieved – a process that continues to this day. The theme of rebellion against established and traditional conventions can be found in many of the works in the collection, which now comprises over 3,000 pieces in the Ludwig Forum Aachen. The presentation shows a small selection of works that refer directly to North America, deal with historical moments and are as explosive today as so many years ago. Violence against People of Color is the focus in Jean-Michel Basquiat “Blue Gyp Stock”. Robert Longo asks the question on the United States’ claim to world power and Nadin Ospina reverses the phenomenon of cultural appropriation.

Artist in the exhibition: John Ahearn, Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Coplans, Erró, Duane Hanson, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Nadin Ospina, Raymond Pettibon.


curated by Patrick C. Haas & Angela Theisen

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