Via Lewandowsky, Ruckzuck, 2004, Collection of Ivo Wessel © VG Bildkunst, Bonn 2015
Exhibition | 4.12.2015 - 21.05.2016

Young Collections 03

»The space between the characters can carry the load« – Collection of Ivo Wessel
The software developer Ivo Wessel, who lives in Berlin, has assembled a unique collection that combines conceptual art with pictorial narration. His special sense for discoveries and his passion for strong-headed artists leave their imprint on the collection, just like his vivid interest in literature and film. He has a striking fascination for the profoundly grotesque, but also an interest in humorous and poetical forms that already resonates in the title of the exhibition: “The space between persons can support the roof.” The quote from his favorite film “The State of Things” (1982) by Wim Wenders alludes to the aesthetic power of art to radically overcome and rethink the borders between reality and imagination. At the same time, it refers to the capacity of art to establish meaningful contexts and relationships between people. Several video works, photo series and objects narrate and (re)construct impressive stories. They extend from melancholic to thoroughly comical pictorial worlds. In their entirety, they convey a surprisingly revealing insight into our present era.
Vandy Rattana, Bomb Ponds, 2009 (videostill), Collection of Ivo Wessel
Vandy Rattana, Bomb Ponds, 2009 (videostill), Collection of Ivo Wessel

The works of Via Lewandowsky constitute a special focus. With their rich political-grotesque inspiration, they are part of the succession to Dada and Surrealism. The artist's knotted baseball bat is simultaneously an absurd joke and a genuine menace. The video- and photo-works of Sven Johne are impressive because of their special narrative style. Large-format seascapes showing an idyllic expanse are overwritten with eyewitness accounts of historic shipwrecks. In a disturbing yet empathetic video documentation, Vandy Rattana investigates the long-term impact of American carpet-bombing in  Cambodia. The effects can still be seen  today in the devastated landscapes and live on in people's memories.


Karin Sander, ostrich egg, polished, 2005, Collection of Ivo Wessel © VG Bildkunst, Bonn 2015

Even in the strictly minimalistic concepts of the collection, from Anton Stankowski all the way to Mathieu Mercier and Karin Sander, (art) history is freshly commemorated and brought up to date in a unique manner. The development of modernism and also the political and social upheavals of our era are clarified in their complexity and contradictory nature.

From the very beginning, Ivo Wessel had a particular love for video art. In Berlin together with Olaf Stüber, he organizes the regular series Videoart at Midnight. And in Bremen as well, he is presenting on 16 December 2015 at the CITY 46 cinema a selection of his video works over 25 years. At the exhibition, the visitor can use a specially developed software to interactively access two dozen videos.
Accompanying the exhibition is a remarkable catalogue with numerous texts and pictures along with an interview with the collector conducted by Christine Breyhan. Design: Cabinet Gold van d'Vlies

Donata Wenders, JRRJ James Reading – Reading James, 2015 (videostill), Ollection of Ivo Wessel
Donata Wenders, JRRJ James Reading – Reading James, 2015 (videostill), Ollection of Ivo Wessel

Participating Artist 

Ken Adam, Marc Aschenbrenner, Sarah Baker, Marcel Buehler, Yvon Chabrowski, Susanne Fleischhacker, Sylvie Fleury, Frank Hesse, Jenny Holzer, Ottmar Hörl, Sven Johne, Rolf Julius, Manuela Kasemir, Via Lewandowsky, Enzo Maiolino, Christian Marclay, Bjørn Melhus, Mathieu Mercier, Tracey Moffatt, Lienhard von Monkiewitsch, Maurizio Nannucci, Stefan Panhans, Angelika Platen, Vandy Rattana, Hans Richter, Julian Rosefeldt, Adrian Sauer, Karin Sander, Luise Schröder, Florian Slotawa, Anton Stankowski, Sebastian Stumpf, Donata Wenders, Wim Wenders.

Curated by Peter Friese und Ingo Clauß.

With the generous support of Waldemar Koch Stiftung, Museumsfreunde Weserburg and Martin & Marion Gömöry. 

New Exhibition Format

With the series “Young Collections,” the Weserburg began a new exhibition format in 2014. It features works of art from a young private collection that has not yet been displayed to the public in this form. The museum allows its visitors to gain an impression of current tendencies of international art and their complex relationship to the present. These collections that are still being put together allow the Weserburg to convey a fascinating insight into what motivates a younger generation. At the same time, it engenders a new profile as “collectors' museum” for the future. In 2014, the Collection of Dominic and Cordula Sohst-Brennenstuhl from Hamburg initiated the series with the exhibition “Young Collections 01. Zero-Point Of All Sites,” followed by the von Kelterborn Collection from Frankfurt am Main with “Young Collections 02. Come And See.”


Accompanying Program

Friday, 04.12.2015, 7:00 pm | Exhibition opening, free admission
Sunday, 06.12.2015, 3:00 pm | Guided tour with Gesine Harms
Thursday 10.12.2015, 6:00 pm | Curator's tour with Ingo Clauß
Sunday 27.12.2015, 3:00 pm | Guided tour with Gesine Harms
Wednesday, 16.12.2015, 8:30 pm | film:art at CITY 46:

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Seven to Ten Million

Collective madness and the individual's search for happiness – The brave new world in which we live is promise and menace at once. The video works presented by the Berlin art collector Ivo Wessel react to it with a sometimes grotesque comicality possessing both analytic precision and narrative depth.

Curated and presented by Ivo Wessel with an introduction by Christine Rüffert. All films come from the Collection of Ivo Wessel:

  • Jutta Island | Sven Johne | D 2014 | 18 min.
  • Telephones | Christian Marclay | 1995 | 8 min.
  • America Sells | Bjørn Melhus | 1990 | 7 min.
  • I'm not the Enemy | Bjørn Melhus |2011 | 14 min.
  • Doomed | Tracey Moffatt | 2007 | 10 min.
  • Sieben bis zehn Millionen | Stefan Panhans | 2005 | 6 min

Gesprächszeit "2 nach 1"

Interview mit dem Kunstsammler Ivo Wessel im Nordwestradio vom 13.03.2016



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