press release

The exhibition offers a surprising insight and appears strangely personal. A balanced mixture of different artistic varieties animates the delight of viewing, paired with the requirement of an expert judgment. This intimate connection of emotion and theory stimulates the power of reasoning. A collective pleasure that draws upon all the senses.

Works from the repertoire of Hilger contemporary (Asgar/Gabriel, Oliver Dorfer, Vasilena, Gankovska, Ai Kijima, Brian McKee, Sara Rahbar) and Hilger modern (Mel Ramos, Andy Warhol) integrate with the coeval positions from Tony Cragg, Javier Arce, Tom Sachs, Vladimir Skrepl and Erwin Wurm. The works meet each one another at the interface of painting, photography, sculpture and the work with various textiles. The goal is to make the concealed recognisable in the visible to reveal the obscurity of desire. The aesthetic experience and stimulation is to be perceived as a secondary effect.

The collection is a meaningful part of the (mercantile) art world. It rewrites a form of passion that partially borders on obsession and that often expresses itself in the form of desire – whether profound or subtle. This ominous feeling, a network between loss, gain and play, should be imparted here.

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The obscure objects of my desire

Künstler: Javier Arce, Asgar & Gabriel, Daniele Buetti, Tony Cragg, Oliver Dorfer, Vasilena Gankovska, Ai Kijima, Brian McKee, Sara Rahbar, Mel Ramos, Tom Sachs, Vladimir Skrepl, Andy Warhol, Erwin Wurm