6. JUNE 2019 til 19. JANUARY 2020
To mark the opening of the new museum building in 1990, Korean artist Nam June Paik created a multimedia equestrian sculpture. He thereby used communication devices from the museum’s collection, including radios, televisions and antennas, processed them, and named the resulting work Pre Bell Man after the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell. From 2013 until its recreation, Pre Bell Man was housed in the museum depot. As from June 2019 it will once again welcome visitors as usual on the square in front of the museum.
The accompanying exhibition of works from the Collection von Kelterborn illuminates the particular characteristics of media art and illustrates the contemporary relevance of Pre Bell Man against the backdrop of digital transformation.
When the Sony company brought out affordable video cameras and recorders in the 1960s, Nam June Paik began experimenting with them and using them to develop artistic procedures. Together with Japanese engineer Shuya Abe, Paik built an analog video synthesizer with which he was able to technically modify television and video images. The pictures generated in this way became the basis of his video installations and video tapes. Artists from the Collection von Kelterborn, such as Gary Hill, Marcel Odenbach, Mariana Vassileva and Nezaket Ekici, use film, video and computergenerated and edited images in order to formulate artistic positions. They frequently employ technology in unusual ways, breaking with conventional ways of seeing and factoring irritations into their calculations. The media artists in the exhibition create and explore new forms of presentation and spaces in equal measure. The show provides an overview of media art from the 1960s to the present.