The exhibition brings together more than 190 works from different eras and contexts and addresses both contentual and formal issues. Seven thematic areas formulate artistic approaches to depicting the human being, develop a current picture of Germany, engage in multifaceted play with everyday life or the medium of the book, and investigate minimalist tendencies, photographic procedures or aesthetic contradiction. Moreover, spaces devoted to Kapwani Kiwanga, Joyce Pensato, Claudia Piepenbrock and Norbert Schwontkowski offer a dense array of insights into four artistic procedures with quite diverse emphases. And with Mel Chin an artist’s bar even makes an appearance.
One thematic area uses film, sculpture, audio, painting, photography or installation to formulate a polymorphic picture of Germany extending from National Socialism, atmospheres of the postwar era and migration past references to Romanticism, Brutalism and celebrity culture all the way to reunification, political power, the globalized economy and right-wing tendencies.