Familienbande. Die Schenkung Schröder
Family Ties: The Schröder Donation
In the 1990s a new art scene began to form in Cologne. New galleries, magazines such as Texte zur Kunst, and the alternative exhibition space Friesenwall 120 were started. Alexander Schröder followed these developments from Berlin. Already as an art student at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, he founded his own gallery along with Thilo Wermke. At the same time, he began collecting art from the 1990s and 2000s with his special eye.
Now the Schröder family has donated twenty-nine works from their collection, including large-scale installations, to the Museum Ludwig by artists such as Kai Althoff, Cosima von Bonin, Tom Burr, Lukas Duwenhögger, Isa Genzken, and Danh Võ. The exhibition Family Ties: The Schröder Donation presents these works to the public along with a selection from the Museum Ludwig collection. It focuses on art at the turn of the twenty-first century and examines the special conditions that existed in Cologne, also in relationship to New York.
The exhibition catalogue documents the works from the donation with explanatory texts. Archival materials such as invitations, flyers, posters, and publications present the context of their production. All these materials, as well as the works, are arranged chronologically on a timeline that also lists the most important events in Germany and abroad in art and society in the 1990s and 2000s. A selection of central texts from the period, which are representative of the multilayered development of art, illustrate the various debates and controversies. The foreword by Yilmaz Dziewior and the essay by Barbara Engelbach outline the Museum Ludwig’s relationship to the 1990s and 2000s and show the importance of the donation to the collection.
Edited by Barbara Engelbach, with texts by Diedrich Diederichsen & Jutta Koether, Lukas Duwenhögger, Yilmaz Dziewior, Barbara Engelbach, Michaela Eichwald, Andrea Fraser, Stefan Germer, Renée Green, Isabelle Graw, Manfred Hermes, James Meyer, Neil Mulholland, Stefan Römer, Franz Schubert/Axel Stockburger, 20 × 25cm, 384 pages, approx. 260 illustrations, German/English, published by Museum Ludwig and Buchhandlung Walther König.