Local Histories

December 15, 2018 - September 29, 2019
Rieckhallen im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (D)

The exhibition Local Histories traces the relationships and conditions under which key works in the collections were developed during the second half of the 20th century.

“The history of art and art’s condition at any time are pretty messy”, Donald Judd wrote in 1964 in an article on the New York art scene. In this piece he opposed traditional differentiations of style and genre, advocating instead a more casual encounter with works of art. Judd’s analysis of the local art scene is the starting point for an experiment that takes works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection and the Collection of the Nationalgalerie – enhanced by selected loans – and resituates them within the context of their making.

Which art influenced Donald Judd? What connects Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter? Which galleries supported Bruce Nauman and Jenny Holzer during the early stages of their careers? Occasionally unusual work constellations provide snapshots of New York and Düsseldorf in the 1960s and 1970s, Cologne in the 1980s, Berlin and Los Angeles in the 1990s.

Curated by Matilda Felix

Second donation to Berlin

In the occasion of his 70th birthday, Friedrich Christian Flick in January 2015 has donated 102 works of contemporary art to the Nationalgalerie for display at its Hamburger Bahnhof site. It is already the second donation, in 2008 Friedrich Christian Flick donated already 166 works to the museum.

Additional to the initial donation, the Hamburger Bahnhof has again received significant works by  artists such as Absalon, David Claerbout, Brian O´Doherty, Paul McCarthy, Cindy Sherman or Franz West.

The donataion will be officially presented in autums 2015 in a major show at the Hamburger Bahnhof.


Friedrich Christian Flick Collection in Berlin extended until 2021

After seven years, in spring 2011 the contract between the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection and the Stiftung Preussicher Kulturbesitz has been extended for the next ten years until 2021.
To this accordingly a contract was signed in March 2011 between Friedrich Christian Flick and Hermann Parzinger, the president of the Stiftung. 

Hermann Parzinger stated: „The cooperation with  Friedrich Christian Flick proved itself as highly productive in the last seven years . The Hamburger Bahnhof distinguished  itself furthermore as a highly accepted international address for contemporary art . I´m very pleased that we can continue the cooperation in this form.“

As already in the last seven years the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection will be shown in the Rieckhallen im Hamburger Bahnhof, in different monographic and thematic exhibitions.
„With the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection the Hamburger Bahnhof became one of the world´s biggest museum of contemporary art with an exhibition space of almost 13.000 square meter. Already the Rieckhallen comprise around 6.000 square meter. Numerous exhibitions have been created from the collection in the last years, among other the highly received and discussed first presentation of the collection in in 2004, the intricate exhibition “Beyond Cinema” in 2006 and as well the monographic presentations dedicated to Urs Fischer in 2005, Wolfgang Tillmans in 2008 and Bruce Nauman in 2010” (excerpt from the press release of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz from May 16, 2011)