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Using pictures to tell a story? This technique has a long tradition in art history! Contemporary artists also tell stories in their works. Which historical or fictional events, myths, literary texts, or indeed personal stories are processed in artworks? And can materials also reveal or conceal stories?

Do you sometimes wish for a different ending?

There are countless ways to tell the same story using different images. Historical events, myths, fairy tales, cultural history—they all accompany us throughout our lives. They tell stories and history, often in different ways. Can you think of an historical event that you believe was crucial to your life today? Would you dare to illustrate it? What would you put in the foreground? Does your imagination sometimes continue your favorite stories, or even alter them?

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Lucy McKenzie, Rebecca, 2019

A painted mannequin is at the center of this picture. She is placed in an interior full of specially-designed objects. Marble, wooden and silky materials. A book about the dramatic

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

was born in New York, USA, in 1960 and dies there in 1988.

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Laura Owens, Untitled, 2015

The untitled diptych by Laura Owens in the Brandhorst collection is based on layouts from the “Los Angeles Times” from 1942. Sometimes impasto brushstrokes overlay the texts and de

Which stories remain particularly vivid?

When someone tells a story, it doesn’t necessarily need to be important for many people, or remembered for a long time. Personal stories based on one’s own experiences, or pretending to be, often have greater effectiveness or reach. They touch us more, arouse more empathy and compassion in us. Sometimes we can identify with them. Some open our eyes to social structures and inequalities, to the perspectives of others.

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Nicole Eisenman

was born in Verdun, France, in 1965. They live and work in Brooklyn.

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Arthur Jafa, Monster, 1988/2019

Arthur Jafa points the camera directly at his mirror image. He stares at us with his penetrating gaze. The artist developed the photo at human scale, thus confronting the self-port

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Wolfgang Tillmans, Buchholz & Buchholz Installation 1993, 1993

This room represents an exact replica of the Buchholz & Buchholz Gallery, where Wolfgang Tillmans exhibited his photographs in 1993. Here the artist tested a form of presentation i

Who is telling what to whom? And how?

When stories are told about others, storytellers have a lot of power. As storytellers, we influence the perception of the listeners or viewers. Some artworks from the Brandhorst Collection deal with the way history and stories are told in the media. Do they belong there? Have you noticed the kind of languages and images that keep popping up in the news or on social media?

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Lucy McKenzie, Rebecca, 2019

A painted mannequin is at the center of this picture. She is placed in an interior full of specially-designed objects. Marble, wooden and silky materials. A book about the dramatic

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David LaChapelle, Recollections in America, VI: Kahlua and Milk, 2006

The photograph is part of the series “Recollections in America” by the US- American artist David LaChapelle. In this photo, a lively party seems to be in progress. But the celebrat

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Andy Warhol, Ladies and Gentlemen (Wilhelmina Ross), 1975

The work on paper is composed of several layers of images: the print based on a portrait photo, a transparency, colored paper and tape. Andy Warhol assembles the portrait of an unk

Does history tell us more about past events or about ourselves?

Historiography wants to record the past as accurately as possible. But history can also tell or contain made-up things. Therefore, there is often no such thing as one, single history. It is not uncommon for fantasies and actual events to be mixed. There are often large gaps in our knowledge about past times and the history changes with this knowledge. Or even depending on who is examining and narrating it, and what goals that person has. That is even more the case with social or personal events. Is it possible, therefore, to speak of a true story or history, or does it necessarily depend on the voice that tells it? What artistic techniques do artists use to tell a story?

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Andy Warhol

was born in Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, USA in 1928 and died in New York in 1987.

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Wolfgang Tillmans, Buchholz & Buchholz Installation 1993, 1993

This room represents an exact replica of the Buchholz & Buchholz Gallery, where Wolfgang Tillmans exhibited his photographs in 1993. Here the artist tested a form of presentation i

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Jutta Koether

was born in Cologne in 1958.