The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía presents a representative selection of art works from the collection of German publisher Benedikt Taschen that he has gathered over the past two decades. Such a private collection as this one allows for an overview of art at a historic moment from an unprecedented point of view, given the very nature of personal choice which the collector himself has conducted as a general artistic overview. Thus a more institutional and objective vision on art proper to the museum itself is extended upon showing the public other aspects that allows them to amplify their diversity.
The Taschen collection was started in 1988 as a personal choice conceived from the editor's own involvement in the contemporary art world. It is a collection which has a limited number of artists, but his interest in them has meant that Taschen has collected them extensively, to the point where he now owns a large quantity of work produced by each of them. As a result these collections provide an in-depth insight into the work of all these artists and explore their careers over time. Taschen has established a strong partnership and friendship with them, which has led them to perform various collaborative projects, like decorating the publisher’s stores in Paris and Los Angeles with works conceived especially for them by Albert Oehlen.
A selection of about 80 works representing the collection make up this exhibition. Thomas Struth, Jeff Koons, Gunther Forg, Cindy Sherman, Christopher Wool, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Mike Kelley, are some of the artists whose pieces make up the collection. The interest in showing the Taschen collection has the added attraction that it has never been shown to the public and no piece included in the exhibition has been lent before. Among the artists best represented in the collection, with more than a hundred pieces each, are Germans Albert Oehlen and the late Martin Kippenberger, to whom the museum is dedicating an exhibition to alongside this one at the Palacio Velázquez. Included in Taschen’s collection are some important and representative collections from of this generation of artists who emerged in the Eighties and who have produced prominent pieces from then until today, with which the Museo can build new artistic discourses.
21 November 2018 – 22 April 2019
Lost, Loose and Loved: Foreign Artists in Paris 1944-1968
16 November 2018 – 3 March 2019
31 October 2018 – 29 April 2019
Of Lunatics, or Those Lacking Sanity
17 October 2018 – 4 March 2019
Hospice of Failed Utopias
9 October 2018 – 10 March 2019
Guilt and Debts
3 October 2018 – 7 January 2019
Behind the Door, Another Invisible Door
26 September 2018 – 7 January 2019
The Map and the Territory
13 June 2018 – 7 January 2019
An Approach to Afal
The Autric-Tamayo Donation
From November 22, 2017
Cubism(s) and Experiences of Modernity
10 October, 2018 – 15 February, 2019
A movement that will not be fixed: Kazuo Ohno and La ArgentinaBiblioteca y Centro de Documentación