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Grässlin Collection

The Grässlin Collection is distinguished by art trends and movements of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s in painting and conceptual installations. Three large work complexes form the focus of the Grässlin Collection: Martin Kippenberger, Günther Förg, and Albert Oehlen are all represented with over twenty important groups of works. There are also groups of works by Franz West and Tobias Rehberger, to whom the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art dedicated large-scale solo exhibitions in 2000/2001 and 2002.

The proximity to design and interior design is characteristic of art which transgresses the boundaries of the traditional art scene in that it is primarily directed at shaping the built environment in which we live. Sculptures by Reinhard Mucha, Georg Herold, Michael Beutler, Hubert Kiecol, Andreas Slominski, and Cosima von Bonin round off the presentation of present-day movements. In addition, American artists, such as Mark Dion, Mike Kelley, and Christopher Williams, have also found their place in this enormously varied, changeable, and vital collection of the Grässlin family.

The concept for presenting the collection is based on networking with the local urban structure of St. Georgen im Schwarzwald: the KUNSTRAUM GRÄSSLIN [Art Space Grässlin] has been in existence since 2006 and is complemented by the project RÄUME FÜR KUNST [Spaces for Art], in which empty shops and other vacant commercial premises are used as exhibition spaces. Thus, a visit to the museum means a walk through the city.

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