Minimal Artworks from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof
24 September 2005 - 23 April 2006
The "Friedrich Christian Flick Collection" is one of the most expansive private collections of contemporary art in the world. The collection, which is progressively being presented to the public in a series of temporary exhibitions over seven years, has many faces. Following the inaugural survey exhibition entitled "Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof" (22 September 2004 until 28 March 2005) and the monographic exhibition "Urs Fischer. Werke aus der Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof" (2 June until 7 August 2005), a new thematic exhibition entitled "fast nichts. Werke aus der Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof" is scheduled to open on 24 September 2005. Whereas the inaugural presentation occupied an exhibition space of over 13,000 square metres in both the main building of the Hamburger Bahnhof and the neighbouring Rieckhallen, the new exhibition, "fast nichts" (engl. almost nothing), will be contained to the Rieckhallen with the exception of an introductory section in the Historic Hall of the main building.
In contrast to the inaugural exhibition, which showcased an opulent selection of spectacular and frequently narrative works, "fast nichts" seeks to introduce an entirely different facet of the collection. Presenting works by Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre, Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman, Robert Smithson, Robert Barry, On Kawara, Richard Artschwager, Absalon, De Rijke/De Rooij and Toba Khedoori among others, the new exhibition centres on minimal tendencies in art after 1960. In different ways, all of the works included in the exhibition are beholden to an aesthetics of simplicity and rigour, reduction and silence. Assembled in this constellation, they reveal the wealth of experiences and insights to be found in "fast nichts" or "almost nothing".