• MAR 08 to JUN 30
    Group Exhibition
    Novecento Mai Visto


    • Group Exhibition
    • Contemporary

    Dates and Opening hours

    MAR 08 to JUN 30, 2013

    Event Location

    Daimler Contemporary


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    • Alfredo Jaar
    • Alicja Kwade
    • Andy Warhol
    • Berni Searle
    • Bojan Šarčević
    • Daniel Buren
    • David Goldblatt
    • Franz Erhard Walther
    • Hanne Darboven
    • John M Armleder

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    The unusual exhibition, entitled Novecento Mai Visto (The 20th century as never seen) before, includes some 230 works by around 110 international artists, which range from 1909 up to now. Alongside classic examples of Constructivism and Concrete Art through Minimalism and Conceptual Tendencies the exhibition will also present installations, photographs and videos by renowned contemporary artists. The exhibition is further enhanced by two new commissioned works by Nic Hess and Luca Trevisani, which will appear in specific areas of the museum. Alongside the Daimler exhibition there will be another exhibition dedicated entirely to Italian art, which is titled From De Chirico to Cattelan, featuring works of the last century, which have been acquired by public and private collections in Brescia. In the history of Museo di Santa Giulia, Novecento Mai Visto will be the first comprehensive presentation of contemporary art.


    Novecento Mai Visto is an exhibition project conceived by the Daimler Art Collection, which was founded in 1977. The internationally renowned corporate collection comprises some 2000 works focusing on the abstract avant-garde, young media artists as well as commissioned works around automobile themes and includes 30 large-scale sculptures in various publicly accessible locations. It focuses on the area of twentieth-century Abstract Art: from the circle of artists around Adolf Hölzel in Stuttgart in the nineteen-tens, Bauhaus, Constructivism, Concrete Art, the European ZERO avant-garde, Minimalism, Conceptual tendencies, and Neo Geo, all the way to the most recent contemporary art. The collection has so far been seen in temporary exhibitions in international museums among others in Singapore and São Paolo, Tokyo, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires and Vienna.

    In the beginning of 2012 the Mercedes-Benz Museum Stuttgart started a strategic partnership with the Museo Mille Miglia in Brescia, which aims to highlight their common passions in Car Culture. Since then the Mercedes-Benz Champion Cars have been exhibited at the Museo Mille Miglia in spring 2012, and on October 9, 2012, the opening of the exhibition "Mille Miglia - Passion and Rivalry" has been celebrated in the Mercedes-Benz Museum Stuttgart. This cooperation also includes joined activities with Museo di Santa Giulia, the leading arts institution in Brescia, followed by the obvious initial idea to showcase some highlighting art works from the Daimler Art Collection in Brescia.

    Another expanding focus of the Daimler Art Collection is on new media art, including photography, video and multimedia-installation, which are frequently committed to socio-critical, political and cultural issues of contemporary society, as for example the works by Berni Searle, David Goldblatt, Pamela Singh, Sigalit Landau, Alfredo Jaar and Santiago Sierra.

    The final section of the exhibition deals with commissioned works relating to the automobile. In 1986, on the 100th anniversary of the invention of the motor car, Daimler-Benz AG asked Andy Warhol to look at the motif of a car as an icon of mobility. About 80 pictures were planned for the Cars series, but only 35 pictures and twelve drawings were completed before he died in 1987. This complex provides the origin for other car-related work commissioned by Daimler, e.g. by Robert Longo, Simone Westerwinter or Sylvie Fleury. Fleury produced a series of six impressive video works for the new Mercedes-Benz Center in Paris. In each of her 3-channel projections, the artist blends the appeal of legendary Mercedes-Benz cars with the latest contemporary ideas from the worlds of art and fashion in an approach that is as enigmatic as it is elegant. This section will be completed with other car-related sculptures, objects and videos by Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Kirsten Mosher and Vincent Szarek.

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