Museum Brandhorst

Jutta Koether - Tour de Madame

18 May 2018-21 October 2018

Museum Brandhorst | Kunstareal München

It would be hard to find another artist who has shaped our current understanding of painting and the post-1980s cultural landscape as significantly as Jutta Koether (born 1958). Tour de Madame is the first in-depth survey show dedicated to her work, and will present the astonishing and spectacular scope of her paintings to the public for the very first time. One highlight of the exhibition will be a newly produced 12-part series of paintings – with a nod to Cy Twombly’s Battle of Lepanto cycle on permanent display at Museum Brandhorst – embodying Koether’s own “battle” with art history. In many respects the exhibition will be a journey of discovery, bringing together more than 150 paintings in a totally novel fashion. Many of the works have never been exhibited publicly, or have not been on display since their initial presentation.

The exhibition offers a systematic and chronological overview of Koether’s multifaceted oeuvre. It goes back to her beginnings in the context of Neo-Expressionism in Cologne in the early and mid-1980s, and her subsequent exploration of the colour red as an expressive device – presenting a response to the cliché of male painters. After moving to New York in the early 1990s, Koether began making breathtakingly intense and colourful large-scale paintings that layer motifs from pop culture, literature and art history in dense painterly gestures. In the early 2000s, Koether’s approach became increasingly involved with performance and music, culminating in inky black canvases and assemblage paintings incorporating devotional objects from punk and noise culture. The final chapter of the exhibition is dedicated to Koether’s eccentric turn to history painting and her latest appropriations from art history’s visual memory.

The exhibition positions Jutta Koether as a central force and point of reference in the recent history of painting. Her work systematically presents painting as crucial to the discourses of alternative histories of Modernism and subjectivity.

Tour de Madame
reveals Koether’s role as a precursor to a conception of painting that exceeds its classical definition and the canon, while maintaining and amplifying its contradictions, intensities, expressions and references to the extreme.

On the final weekend of the exhibition on 19 and 20 October, in collaboration with the Münchner Kammerspiele and the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Museum Brandhorst will be organizing a series of events, including lectures, performances and concerts.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive exhibition catalogue, which provides the first ever systematic engagement with Koether’s artistic practice, and presents her entire oeuvre from 1983 through to her most recent works produced for this exhibition in a comprehensive series of images, with over 200 colour reproductions. The publication is intended as the definitive publication on Koether’s work, and will serve to further critical engagements with her oeuvre. It will be published in a German and an English edition. In their essays, the internationally renowned art historians Manuela Ammer, Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Julia Gelshorn, Achim Hochdörfer, Branden W. Joseph, Tonio Kröner, Michael Sanchez and Anne Wagner will each shed light on one of Koether’s various work series and phases.

Museum Brandhorst is organizing the exhibition in collaboration with Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean. It was initiated and curated by Achim Hochdörfer and Tonio Kröner, with the assistance of Kirsten Storz. It will be shown at Museum Brandhorst from 18 May to 21 October 2018. The presentation at Mudam Luxembourg, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean from 9 February to 19 May 2019 is curated by Suzanne Cotter.

Funded by the GERMAN FEDERAL CULTURAL FOUNDATION, PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e. V. and Pictet (Europe) SE

Medienpartner: ARTE