Open 11–18 today

Constructed Images

Works from the Hupertz Collection
10 February – 26 May 2013



In early 2013 we once again welcome a private collection from Hamburg to the Ernst Barlach Haus. The collection, which the architect Stephan Hupertz and his wife Birgit have brought together during the past 40 years, now includes more than 400 works.

Its central focus is on the Russian and East European avant-garde: geometric-constructivist works from the 1910s and 20s. Proceeding from these pioneering abstract achievements of the early 20th century, Birgit and Stephan Hupertz have devoted themselves to a wide range of concrete, minimalist and conceptual art, whose ramifications they have followed into the present day. Whether basic painterly research or material-aesthetic experiments, whether chance-structured play or the formation of mathematically precise series – all these tendencies can be extensively explored in the exhibition Constructed Images.

Franz Wilhelm Seiwert: Untitled, 1922<br />Hupertz Collection, Hamburg; photo: Karlheinz Grünke
Franz Wilhelm Seiwert: Untitled, 1922
Hupertz Collection, Hamburg; photo: Karlheinz Grünke

How rich this artistic universe is, in which less can be more, is shown in 100 images and objects by 44 artists:

Frank Badur, Willi Baumeister, Julius Bissier, Erich Buchholz, Alan Charlton, Emil Cimiotti, Hanne Darboven, Olga Deineko, Walter Dexel, Marthe Donas, Lajos d'Ebneth, Günther Förg, Otto Freundlich, General Idea, Günter Haese, Heinrich Hoerle, Hans-Martin Ihme, Rudolf Jahns, Lajos Kassák, Lazar Khidekel, Hubert Kiecol, Iwan Kljun, Imi Knoebel, Nina Kogan, Hannah Kosnick-Kloss, Curt Lahs, Mikhail Larionov, Vladimir Lebedev, Bernhard Luginbühl, Thilo Maatsch, Richard Nonas, Blinky Palermo, Bridget Riley, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Kurt Schmidt, Jo Schöpfer, Franz Wilhelm Seiwert, Brigitte Stahl, Anita Stöhr Weber, David Tremlett, Ilya Chashnik, William Turnbull, Nadezhda Udaltsova and herman de vries.