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Marcel Odenbach: Vereinsgabe Kölnischer Kunstverein

Vereinsgabe 2020

Marcel Odenbach: Vereinsgabe Kölnischer Kunstverein

Vereinsgabe 2020

Vereinsgabe
Marcel Odenbach: Vereinsgabe Kölnischer Kunstverein, 2020. Photo: Mareike Tocha. Courtesy: Marcel Odenbach and VG Bild-Kunst, 2020.

Silkscreen print on cotton handkerchief
approx. 40 x 40 cm

We are very proud to announce, that we have won the Cologne based artist Marcel Odenbach* for the Vereinsgabe 2020. He has printed the head of a lamb on an approx. 40 x 40 cm cotton handkerchief in silkscreen printing. Fascinated by the story surrounding the recently completed restoration work on the Ghent Altar by Jan and Hubert van Eyck (created between 1432 and 1435), after which it became apparent that the original representation of the lamb had been interpreted differently by the artist himself, Odenbach adopted this motif. For five centuries, church censorship led to the overpainting of the lamb, which can be seen as a form of iconoclasm – the surprising part is that the lamb has human traits and seems to interact with the viewer. Instead of the eyes of the lamb, Odenbach now added his own eyes. His choice of the motif also has to do with his own biography, after all. For example, as a Cologne native, Odenbach has been deeply influenced by a city in which relics and, above all, the pictorial sources in the Catholic Church are overrepresented with the iconographic symbolism of the altarpieces.

The idea of printing the motif on a handkerchief is eventually a reference to the Shroud of Turin, another Catholic symbol. In particular, however, it also refers to his earlier installation Alles Gute kommt von Oben from 2005, in which the portrait of the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie was shown on 150 handkerchiefs lying on the floor (shown in the exhibition Äthiopien und Deutschland in the GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde, Leipzig and Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba, 2006). With this he reflected the appearance of the emperor, who liked to see himself as “Lord of the Lords” and let such cloths rain from the sky after feeding the poor.

(*Marcel Odenbach is a professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf since 2010. He was recently awarded the Wolfgang-Hahn-Prize 2021 of the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst at the Museum Ludwig. His works have been shown in numerous important solo and group exhibitions since 1978. His most recent solo exhibitions include Fine Arts Museum, Ho Chi Minh City (2020), National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai (2018), Kunsthalle Wien (2017) and Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2016). Currently, Kunsthalle Nürnberg is presenting his exhibition Es brennt).

The Kölnischer Kunstverein is now in its eighth year after the introduction of the Vereinsgabe: an original artwork by internationally renowned artists, which can only be obtained through a membership. With their contributions, artists such as Rosemarie Trockel, Lawrence Weiner, Kai Althoff, Isa Genzken, Luc Tuymans, Wolfgang Tillmans, Candida Höfer and now Marcel Odenbach have — each in their own way — contributed to the recognition of the civic commitment of the members: A model that must be continued.

Modalities
The artwork is exclusively reserved for members of Kölnischer Kunstverein, who were registered for membership in 2020. It is available until November 2021.

A production fee of 15 € is payable in cash for each members edition when collecting the work.

Collection
Members can pick up the Vereinsgabe only at regular opening hours (Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm) during the exhibitions. The exhibition The Köln Concert by Dorothy Iannone & Juliette Blightman is currently closed in accordance with the Corona Protection Regulation of the State of NRW and is expected to reopen on January 5, 2021. For further information, please see News & Information.

Please understand that we do not send the Vereinsgabe. If it is not possible to pick up the Vereinsgabe personally, it can be collected by someone else on presentation of a written authorization.

Candida Höfer: Two Doors, 2019
Wolfgang Tillmans: Vereinsgabe Kölnischer Kunstverein, 2018
Luc Tuymans: Apple (Vereinsgabe), 2017
Isa Genzken: Ohne Titel, 2016
Kai Althoff: Ohne Titel (Vereinsgabe), 2015
Lawrence Weiner: Zeit ist Zeitlich – Time is Temporal (Vereinsgabe), 2014
Rosemarie Trockel: New Praesident, 2013