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In December 1967, a piece by the American artist Mel Bochner entitled "The Serial Attitude" was published in the contemporary art magazine Artforum. In the very first sentence, Bochner states that "Serial order is a method, not a style," making it quite clear that for him, seriality was by no means an empty shell or some kind of formal gimmickry; it was a deliberate artistic strategy. The emergence of Minimal and Conceptual art in the 1960s radically changed the concept of the artwork. Key characteristics of these art movements are serial methods, repetition, a reduction to basic, often geometric structures, and the use of industrial materials. The exhibition presents works by leading American and European exponents of Minimal and Conceptual art from the Hamburger Kunsthalle collection, supplemented by major loans from private collections.
This exhibition accompanies the exhibitions Eva Hesse. One More than One (3rd floor) and Gego. Line as Object (2nd floor) and gives viewers an opportunity to consider these two influential artists against the backdrop of their time.