Paula Modersohn-Becker / Ian Wilson

Brush, line and assertion - face to face and side by side #10

An empty room with high white walls and a dark floor. A large white circle has been drawn on the floor with chalk. Windows and doors can be seen in the background and a black framed photograph hangs on the wall
Ian Wilson, Circle on the Floor #14, 1968, Kreide, Sammlung Haubrok, Foto: Ludger Paffrath

In the exhibition series “face to face and side by side”, a work from the collection of the Kunsthalle Bielefeld meets a selected loan from another institution. This encounter leads to new, often surprising perspectives.

The work “Self-Portrait. Half-length portrait with brush in raised hand”, 1902, by Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) from the Kunsthalle collection meets the work “Circle on the Floor #14”, 1968/2024, by the South African-American conceptual artist Ian Wilson (1940-2020) from the Haubrok Collection. While Modersohn-Becker portrays herself with a brush in her hand, demonstratively positioning herself as a painter in a groundbreaking way for the period around 1900, Ian Wilson asserts a sculpture, detached from a context, with a circle drawn on the floor with chalk.

The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the haubrok foundation.

The exhibition series is produced in cooperation with the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 1288 “Practices of Comparison. Arranging and Changing the World” at Bielefeld University.

Face to Face
and Side by Side

The series “face to face and side by side” focuses on a work from the collection of Kunsthalle Bielefeld that addresses central issues in juxtaposition with a selected external work. The focus is always on a concentrated comparison of the selected works.