How To See [What Is Not There]

Works from the Burger Collection in Hong Kong go on show at Germany's Langen Foundation


Kris Martin, Altar, 2014, Courtesy Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf. Photography by Benny Proot
From September 9, 2018 until March 17, 2019
The Burger Collection Hong Kong presents How to See [What Isn’t There] at Langen Foundation near Düsseldorf – the private museum designed by Pritzker-winning architect Tadao Ando.
Curated by Gianni Jetzer, the group show will explore the dichotomy between presence and absence, bringing together works by 32 artists from around the world. The multidisciplinary exhibition will feature 45 works from the contemporary art collection, including sculpture, installation, painting, photography, video, VR and performance.
Artists on display will include Doug Aitken, Fiona Banner, Angus Fairhurst, Urs Fischer, Zhang Huan and Huang Rui, as well as emerging talents such as Iván Argote, Mohamed Bourouissa, Marguerite Humeau, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Pamela Rosenkranz and Ho Sin Tung.
“The artists in this exhibition are extremely innovative in activating the intangible in their work, often operating with conceptual gestures, disappearance, emptiness, dematerialisation, and the simple, yet profound, framing of the void. The exhibition aims to unveil some of these surprising perspectives by exploring the constant dialogue between visible and invisible, presence and absence, and material and immaterial, exploring the status of reality, memory, and other aspects of human life” – Gianni Jetzer, curator of the exhibition
Each artist was selected for their ability to blur the lines between presence and absence, with some works intended to convey the presence of another human despite their absence.
The building itself, completed by Ando in 2004, provided a point of inspiration for the curator. Made of glass and concrete, the space is set on the site of Raketenstation Hombroich – a former military ground that was used during the Cold War
“To show highlights from the Burger Collection in such a fantastic venue is an exciting endeavor. We have been collecting for over 20 years with the aim of enlarging our vision of art and creating a lasting exchange with the artists. Similar to the Langen Foundation we have a personal and at once global approach to collecting, with strong ties to Asian art. As we have not set up a physical space to showcase our collection, we occasionally give curators carte blanche to exhibit the collection in changing venues. The contextualisation of artworks by different curators offers a fresh look at what we are doing" –Monique Burger, Founder of the Burger Collection.
How To See [What Is Not There] opens on 9 September, and is on show until March 2019.