How To See [What Isn’t There]

9 September 2018 - 17 March 2019

Langen Foundation, Neuss, DE

The Burger Collection Hong Kong is delighted to announce the major exhibition How to See [What Isn’t There] at Langen Foundation near Düsseldorf, a spectacular German private museum designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Tadao Ando. Curated by Gianni Jetzer, the group show will explore the dichotomy between presence and absence, bringing together works by 32 artists from around the world.
The multidisciplinary exhibition will feature 45 works from the contemporary art collection, including sculpture, installation, painting, photography, video, VR and performance.
The artists and works have been selected for this exhibition to highlight and blur the lines between presence and absence. They visualise the immaterial representation of ideas, literally directing the viewer’s gaze to something other than themselves. The works frame a presence made of absence, for example conveying the presence of another human despite their physical absence. They also act as indicators of complex processes and histories which is fitting within the context of the minimalist Ando building, made of glass and concrete, and set against the site’s complex invisible history of Raketenstation Hombroich, a former military ground that was used during the Cold War. The show is structured into five sections: ‘Reaching for Emptiness’, ‘Archaeology in Reverse’, ‘A Presence Made of Absence’, ‘Something Out of Nothing’, and ‘Self-Portrait of Me and You’.