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Falckenberg Collection
Since 2001, the Falckenberg Collection has been based at Phoenix-Hallen in Hamburg’s Harburg district. In 2007, Harald Falckenberg acquired one of the buildings and had Berlin-based architect Roger Bundschuh convert it into a spacious exhibition hall for his collection.

The new hall opened on May 30, 2008 and by 2010 had hosted 28 exhibitions, featuring artists such as Paul Thek, Jon Kessler and Robert Wilson, not to mention themed shows and presentations of the collection. The expansive rooms mean that the hall is predestined for shows of larger-size installations and multimedia projects by artists such as John Bock, General Idea, Thomas Hirschhorn, Mike Kelley, Jon Kessler, Jonathan Meese, and Gregor Schneider.

Since January 2011 the Falckenberg Collection has become part of Deichtorhallen Hamburg.
The collection
The Falckenberg Collection includes about 2,000 works of contemporary art, with the emphasis on German and American contemporary art of the last 30 years. As of the mid-1970s, an art scene evolved in Hamburg and Berlin that gained increasingly in significance compared with the traditional strongholds of post-War German art, namely Cologne and Düsseldorf. Today, Berlin is one of the leading metropolises of current art. And it all started in Hamburg, where prominent artists such as Hanne Darboven, Anna Oppermann, Sigmar Polke and Dieter Roth lived and worked, where Punk ruled the roost as the music of young people who no longer believed in anything. A subversive form of essentially Neo-Dadaist art emerged that challenged the ruling system, relying in the process on irony, satire, acerbic scorn and even cynicism.

Artists representative of this current are, for example, Werner Büttner, Georg Herold, Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen, Andreas Slominski, and, at a later date, John Bock, Christian Jankowski, Jonathan Meese and Daniel Richter. They are all closely bound up with socially-critical US art, such as that produced by the likes of Vito Acconci, Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Victor Burgin, General Idea, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon, Richard Prince, Jason Rhoades, Larry Sultan und Paul Thek. There are likewise clear links to European artists who share their outlook, such as Günter Brus, Öyvind Fahlström, Thomas Hirschhorn, Sarah Lucas und Franz West. The Falckenberg Collection offers a panoramic view of this strand of contemporary art, with its strong roots in counter culture. The Collection features work groups attesting to all the key positions involved.

The Falckenberg Collection and the exhibitions can be visited either during the previews or as part of a guided tour. Those are held regularly on Thursdays and Fridays at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m., as well as Sundays at 12 a.m., 3 and 5 p.m. Guided tours through the Collection are being held on Saturdays at 12 a.m.
Fotos (von oben nach unten):
Installationsansicht Jonathan Meese, La Chambre secrète de BALTHYS, 2001
Installationsansicht Jon Kessler, The Palace at 4 a.m., 2005
Installationsansicht Mike Kelley, Kandor, 1999/2005
Alle Fotos: Egbert Haneke