dis order

Patterns and structures

in the collection

Nov. 29, 2014 – Nov. 1, 2015

Atelier van Lieshout, Horst Bartnig, Hartmut Böhm, Patrick Borchers, Leo Breuer, Karoline Bröckel, Errell, Hugo Gonschior, Gerhard von Graevenitz, Andreas Gursky, Peter Halley, Tamás Hencze, Katharina Hinsberg, Peter Keetmann, August Kreyenkamp, Kenneth Martin, Lászlò Lakner, Walter Leblanc, László Moholy-Nagy, François Morellet, Sigmar Polke, David Reed, Gerhard Richter, Christian Rohlfs, Michal Rovner, Thomas Schütte, Heidi Specker, Almir da Silva Mavignier, Otto Steinert, Thomas Struth, Terry Winters, Al Taylor, Mark Tobey, the Yanomami and the Museum Folkwang collection of fabric patterns and tiles

A core concept in the founding of Museum Folkwang was exhibiting a collection of inspirations. How does a museum relate to this notion in the early 21st century, in the era of blogs and Pinterest? The exhibition looks at patterns and structures in their diverse forms from every phase of the collection’s history: from the time the museum was founded and in the context of the advancement of abstract painting, from the concept of a collection of inspirations with textile and tile patterns, ranging to form studies in Concrete Art, constructed grids and reflections on the ornament of the masses, to questions on cultural identity and the exploration of disorder in subjective photography and contemporary art.

Grids and stripes shape our everyday life and are reflected in the architecture surrounding us. After ornament was labelled a crime in Modernism, patterns and structures are now receiving a great deal of attention. At the same time, new technologies enable the rendering of patterns that seem chaotic and irritating at first glance, such as networks and fractals. Visual systems and disorders determine one another and overlap. Refractions, irregularities and random aspects in structures promise an openness and flexibility beyond rigid patterns.

The exhibition shows more than 70 works and series, amongst which are textile plant ornaments from Iran, Japan or Westphalia, star patterns on Moorish tiles and graphics by Francois Morellet, stripes by Peter Halley or stripes as furrows by Peter Keetman, grids in architectural photography by Heidi Specker or as car park sculptures by Thomas Schütte. The show also features craquelure structures in photos by August Kreyenkamp and random structures in the work of Katharina Hinsberg, the ornament of the masses in a media installation by Michal Rovner and in SlaveCity by Atelier van Lieshout, as well as foam structures in the photographs of Andreas Gursky.

Please find further information on the chapters of the exhibition here:

Order – Disorder

Formal Collections

Total Order

Temporal Orders in Moving Images

A Short History of Disorder


Video Studio V: The Rhythm Is…
Temporal patterns in moving images
29 November 2014 – 4 May 2015

The Video Studio at Museum Folkwang will be showing media artworks from the collection as well as loaned items to complement these as one chapter of the dis order exhibition.

More information here...

Sigmar Polke
Untitled, 1996
Museum Folkwang
© The Estate of Sigmar Polke, Cologne / VG Bild-Kunst, 2014

Ausstellungsansicht mit Stoffen der Mustersammlung Osthaus und Arbeiten von Terry Winters und Al Taylor
© Foto: Museum Folkwang, Denis Bury, 2014