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Jürgen Partenheimer at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Jürgen Partenheimer at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Lemke #7, 2011, ink and pencil on paper, 52,5 x 71 cm

Lemke #7, 2011, Ink and pencil on paper, 52,5 x 71 cm

Jürgen Partenheimer
»Das Archiv«
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Opening: June 28, 2014
Exhibition until November 9, 2014

The Archive will be the third presentation of Partenheimer’s work at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. In 1993 Weltachse (‘World Axis’) was exhibited as part of one of the first site-specific shows to be held in the museum’s Projects Gallery. The original wooden version of Weltachse was to become the model for a bronze version twice its size, which was displayed in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark to coincide with the Partenheimer retrospective at the city’s Stedelijk Museum. The vast sculpture subsequently travelled the world, being exhibited as far away as China’s Forbidden City before returning to the Netherlands to be shown in the courtyard garden of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in 2000.
Jürgen Partenheimer (b. Munich, 1947) is one of the most striking, philosophical and most literary artists of our day. His work is renowned for its minimalistic but highly poetic visual idiom. Early in his career, he gained international fame at the biennales of Paris, Venice and São Paulo. The Archive looks back on a career that has lasted more than 35 years.
The exhibition is the fruit of a unique collaborative project involving the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Sammlung Falckenberg and the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver. The show at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag will bring together paintings, works on paper, ceramics, sculptures and artist’s books. A particularly noteworthy feature will be the presence of the original model of Weltachse, a vertical axis built of stacked blue cubes, now on loan from a private collection in the Netherlands and back in the museum where it had its first showing twenty years ago.
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag will include additional works borrowed from collections in the Netherlands.