Two Important Contemporary Art Collections Brought Together at Deichtorhallen


HAMBURG.- Two of the most important collections of contemporary art have been brought together in a joint show this summer at Deichtorhallen. One main feature of the collection of doctor and chemist Thomas Olbricht, who lives in Essen and Berlin, is a clear proclivity for eclecticism, in which context his programmatic focus lies on memento mori depictions. By contrast, Hamburg-based lawyer Harald Falckenberg is more interested in the grotesque, the political and the provocative. The show presents a good cross section of contemporary art, with both decidedly contrasting themes and others that are placed in mutually complementary juxtaposition, such as death, sexuality, youth, images of women, the child-like, the private, the public, and the various forms of abstract art. The narrative element is very strongly present in the works of both collections. Beauty and horror, humor, everyday life and tragedy, not to mention po