Modes of Behavior towards People When Affection Plays a Part Klein Collection
Work by Anna Oppermann titled Ensemble with Decoration (Modes of Behavior towards People When Affection Plays a Part) – Decoration with Birches, Pears, and Frame

Modes of Behavior towards People When Affection Plays a Part. Klein Collection

Alison and Peter W. Klein have been collecting art for nearly thirty years. Continually expanded since the end of the 1980s, their highly diverse collection is an impressive testament to an emotional desire to view and experience art. Their most recent acquisition is Anna Oppermann’s piece “Ensemble with Decoration (Modes of Behavior towards People When Affection Plays a Part) – Decoration with Birches, Pears, and Frame” (1969–1984–1992). With its puzzling poetry, the almost playfully added parenthetical clause characterizes Oppermann’s work overall. Hence it spontaneously became the overarching concept for the entire exhibition, also because the aspect of an affection for art and people appears symptomatic of the Klein’s (artistic) enterprise.

The exhibition showed selections of the extensive Klein Collection. Therefore, twenty-nine artists have been selected out of the abundance of the nearly nine hundred represented in the collection, who exemplify in particular the Klein’s collecting interests. After all, in addition to such famous artists as Sean Scully and Anselm Kiefer, the Klein’s continually turn their attention to not-yet-established as well as young positions.

Curators Ulrike Groos, Klaus Gerrit Friese (Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese)
Research assistance Sarah Donata Schneider

Media partner Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Artists

Louise Bourgeois, Gregory Crewdson, Gotthard Graubner, Florian Heinke, Gottfried Helnwein, Katharina Hinsberg, Candida Höfer, Franziska Holstein, Annette Kelm, Anselm Kiefer, Jürgen Klauke, Karin Kneffel, Brigitte Kowanz, Rosemary Laing, Nanne Meyer, Tracey Moffatt, Ann-Kathrin Müller, Thomas Müller, Shirin Neshat, Markus Oehlen, Anna Oppermann, Ulrike Rosenbach, David Schnell, Sean Scully, Chiharu Shiota, Jorinde Voigt, Corinne Wasmuht, Michael Wutz, Kōhei Yoshiyuki

Anna Oppermann, Ensemble mit Dekor (Über den Umgang mit Menschen, wenn Zuneigung im Spiel ist) – Dekor mit Birken, Birnen und Rahmen / Ensemble with Decoration (Modes of Behavior towards People When Affection Plays a Part) – Decoration with Birches, Pears, and Frame, 1969–84–92
Anselm Kiefer, Velimir Chlebnikov, Lehre vom Krieg, Seeschlachten wiederholen sich alle 317 Jahre / The New Doctrine of War: Naval Battles Recur Every 317 Years or in Multiples Thereof, for Velimir Chlebnikov, 2005
Gottfried Helnwein, Franziska Holstein and David Schnell, exhibition view "Modes of Behavior towards People When Affection Plays a Part. Klein Collection," 2017
Gottfried Helnwein and Corinne Wasmuht, exhibition view "Modes of Behavior towards People When Affection Plays a Part. Klein Collection," 2017