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ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art
Concept art and Minimalism of the 1960s and the 1970s form the basis of the FER Collection: Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Joseph Kosuth, Robert Barry, Daniel Buren, and others are represented with numerous works in the FER Collection.
Arte Povera, which originated in Europe in the same period, represents a similar search for a new beginning in the area of object art and installations. This manifested itself in its use of everyday objects and natural materials. The collection includes works by artists such as Jannis Kounellis, Giulio Paolini, Giovanni Anselmo, Giuseppe Penone, and Mario Merz.
The return of painting as the focal point of art discussions in the 1980s is documented in the collection with works by Keith Haring, Arte Cifra, and the "Neue Wilde" [New Wild Ones] in the German-speaking world. Works by Sylvie Fleury, John Armleder, and Liam Gillick interrogate consistently the social and formal conditions of modernity and the world of the consumer. In the meantime, the FER Collection has been extended to include numerous recent artworks, as well as examples of the various genres of contemporary art.
The collection consists of early exemplary works by the artists represented, and since October 2009 it is also open to the public at the FER's own exhibition rooms in Ulm's Stadtregal.