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Whether public space, private collection or museum—art appears in many places. What role do location and space play in contemporary art? The dimension and nature of the artwork also play a role. What space does a three-dimensional sculpture occupy as opposed to a work on paper or canvas? How does art change space and space change art?

What can a space be and entail?

Does a space need four walls, a solid floor and a secure roof, or do spaces also emerge with fewer or different forms of infrastructure? What and who shapes places and spaces besides physical conditions? What has an effect on them? Art often plays with different facets of spaces and places—as do the following works and artists.

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Artwork Cy Twombly, Lepanto Cycle, 2001

The “Lepanto” cycle is one of Cy Twombly’s major works and consists of twelve paintings that are exhibited permanently in a separate room at Museum Brandhorst. Vibrant hues in a broad palette of yellows, reds, turquoise and aquamarine define the drama of the monumental paintings. The action on the canvases intensifies, all the artist’s painting tools and painterly gestures are used expressively.

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Artwork Sauerbruch Hutton, Museum Brandhorst

The museum building with its long, two-story rectangular structure and multicolored facade of 36,000 vertical ceramic rods was designed by Sauerbruch Hutton Architects and is located in the Kunstareal in Munich's Maxvorstadt district. 23 different colors can be counted and assigned to three color families: pastel shades, bright colors and darker nuances. The rainbow-like color scheme was inspired by the colors of the existing facades in Maxvorstadt.

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Artwork Atelier E.B (Lucy McKenzie und Beca Lipscombe), Faux Shop, 2018

“Faux Shop” is a sculptural installation and at the same time a shop window for a fashion collection. The shop window mimics a women's clothing store. Lucy McKenzie painted the marbled parts of the installation herself in an illusionistic manner. Like moving ghosts, the clothes were either pinned to the walls, placed in the display, or suspended dynamically from wires. The clothes are from Atelier E.B, a collaborative fashion label and research studio that Lucy McKenzie runs with designer Beca Lipscombe.

What kind of space does art occupy?

Do you find art in parks, in schools, on the streets? What do these places have in common and how do they contribute to a different experience of art? Do you know any artists who work in both public spaces and museums? Can different spaces be connected through art?

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Artist Franz West

was born in Vienna in 1947 and died there in 2012.

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Artist Wolfgang Tillmans

was born in Remscheid in 1968. He lives and works alternately in Berlin and London.

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Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

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

How do you feel when you enter a contemporary art museum?

Enter such a museum in your mind. What do you notice about the place? What materials, smells, or sounds? Museums often have unique architecture and furnishings—why do you think that is? What is essential for a contemporary art museum in order for it to function? What does this space enable and what does it exclude?

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Creative project Space for art

Create a model exhibition space, analog or digital, for an artwork of your choice.

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Artwork Sauerbruch Hutton, Museum Brandhorst

The museum building with its long, two-story rectangular structure and multicolored facade of 36,000 vertical ceramic rods was designed by Sauerbruch Hutton Architects and is located in the Kunstareal in Munich's Maxvorstadt district. 23 different colors can be counted and assigned to three color families: pastel shades, bright colors and darker nuances. The rainbow-like color scheme was inspired by the colors of the existing facades in Maxvorstadt.

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Artwork 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 in which photographs, photocopies, and reproductions of magazine pages stand side by side on an equal footing and are distributed throughout the room.

What does art need or take from space? What does the space give to the artworks?

The interactions of space and art influence our experience of art. Can you remember a situation where each communicated with the other, leaving a strong impression on you? In Museum Brandhorst, one room is dedicated to just twelve specific paintings. Does this moment remind you of another architectural situation?

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Artwork Cady Noland, Deep Social Space, 1989

Numerous objects are arranged around three metal scaffolding poles: kettle grill, beer cans, burger buns, American flag, chips and a Marlboro garbage can, plus some insignia of rural America, such as horse saddles and blankets. But the scaffolding poles that frame everything create an unsettling, even aggressive mood and seem to prevent any free movement.

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Artwork Cy Twombly, Untitled (Roses), 2008

Dripping, flowing color, energetic yellow-orange-red squiggles combined with delicate, spidery handwriting. Four large-scale roses in bloom fill the wooden panels. Only on closer inspection do we notice the many details, especially the poems written by the artist on the canvases. The are part of a series of paintings that Cy Twombly dedicates to the rose.

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Creative project Enchanting rooms

Confuse the spatial relationships with a “Magic Thing”.

Have you ever thought about “invisible” spaces?

Invisible spaces often become visible, or rather conceivable, through special codes. For example, in the work “Rebecca” (2019) by Lucy McKenzie or in the installation “Deep Social Space” (1989) by US artist Cady Noland. By choosing certain materials or methods, both artists refer to mental, cultural, or political spaces that occur elsewhere spatially, geographically, or historically.

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Creative project Puzzling spaces

Create your own invisible rooms with puzzles, symbols and codes.

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Creative project Enchanting rooms

Confuse the spatial relationships with a “Magic Thing”.

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Artist Alexandra Bircken

was born in Cologne in 1967.