Friday, April 11, 2014

"beautiful, good and true"

Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights (detail) circa 1500 
Harald Falckenberg in the FT
Unlike the traditional art of representation, which sought to manifest the power and influence of the Church, the aristocracy and the haute bourgeoisie as beautiful, good and true, today’s art world stands for the complex referential system of contemporary art that is only explicable in its economic, sociopolitical, academic and philosophical contexts. Art’s transgressive orientation found its programmatic expression in Joseph Beuys’ notion of an “expanded concept of art”.
The FT describes Falckenberg as
...a Doctor in Law and Professor of Art Theory at the Hamburg Academy of Art. His collection of contemporary art, which comprises more than 2,000 works, is shown in co-operation with Deichtorhallen/Hamburg
WSJ:  "Harald Falckenberg's Radical Art Gesture. The German Manufacturer, Known for His Artistic Acumen, Opens Up His Eccentric Private Collection"
Most people probably haven't thought much about the nozzles on gasoline pumps, but if you happen to be interested in nozzles, then you know all about Elaflex, a Hamburg-based world leader in nozzle production. And most people probably don't have the eye, or the stomach, for radical works of contemporary art, which do their best to shock, repel or otherwise displease.

As it turns out, there is one man in the world who has a passion for both—Harald Falckenberg, Elaflex's co-owner and managing director, and one of the world's most admired, and most critical, contemporary-art collectors.
Sammlung Falckenberg

Elaflex

Goya, Fight with Cudgels, 1820-23

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