Presentation of the Contemporary Collection

Lying, 2009, Tempera and oil on jute, 80 x 150 cm © Leiko Ikemura and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn. Dark Head with Bird, 1996, Glazed terracotta, 35 x 27 x 19 cm © Leiko Ikemura and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn. Sphinx, 1998, Oil on jute, 80 x 110 cm © Leiko Ikemura and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn. Double Figure with Bird in Arm, 1998/2002, Patinated bronze, 56 x 40 x 26 cm © Leiko Ikemura and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn.

The regularly renewed current presentation focuses here on works that testify to the diversity of artistic contexts in our globalised world, and on the environment and systems that constitute veritable artistic programmes in their own right. 

This presentation is organised in historical sequences, revealing a constantly developing collection. Among the emblematic works in the collection, some of which are veritable environments, we find Ben's Le Magasin, Plight by Joseph Beuys, La Salle blanche by Marcel Broodthaers, Le jardin d'hiver by Jean Dubuffet, Zapping Zone by Chris Marker, Respirare l'ombra and Alberi by Giuseppe Penone.

Visitors will also discover new acquisitions and donations that testify to the constant focus of the Musée National d'Art Moderne and the Friends of the Centre Pompidou on the vitality of the artistic scene in France.


Having lived in Europe for almost fifty years, Japanese artist Leiko Ikemura creates works at the point where two traditions and cultures meet, Eastern and Western. Her approach lies at the crossroads between the avoidance of rationality and the desire to take the viewer into a sensual and emotional experience.

This multidisciplinary artist, who focused on sculpture from 1984 onwards, returned to painting and drawing in the 1990s. For her, practising different mediums is very complementary. The conception of a painting occurs through drawings that can lead to lithography or influence the sculpture in progress.

Since the 2000s, the human figure is pre-eminent in her drawings.


Artists included in this exhibition:
Claude Rutault; François René Dufrène; Sarah Lucas; Ben (Benjamin Vautier, dit); Robert Combas; Richard Jackson; François Morellet; Bertrand Lavier; Jean Clareboudt; Marc Camille Chaimowicz; Lynda Benglis; Jean Dubuffet; Carl Andre; Sol LeWitt; Larry Bell; Donald Judd; Dan Flavin; Robert Ryman; Moshe Kupferman; Peter Downsbrough; Robert Morris; Joseph Kosuth; Rémy Zaugg; Sophie Calle; Art & Language; stanley brouwn; Yaacov Agam; Michel Parmentier; Daniel Buren; Simone Prouvé; Giuseppe Penone; Anne Le Troter; Joseph Beuys; Anselm Kiefer; Leiko Ikemura; Annette Messager; Rosemarie Trockel; Christian Boltanski; Maria Lassnig; Jean-Michel Basquiat; Philip Guston (Philip Goldstein, dit); Martin Kippenberger; Barry Flanagan; Anne-Marie Schneider; Louise Bourgeois; Isa Genzken; Gerhard Richter; Reinhard Mucha; Lucy Skaer; Silvia Bächli; Loris Gréaud; Zahrah Al Ghamdi; Leopold Banchini; Andrea Branzi; Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni; Michele De Lucchi; Serge Mouille; Vico Magistretti; Wieki Somers; Ronald-Cecil Sportes; Roger Tallon; François Azambourg; Xaveer Claerhout; Barbara Van Biervliet; Gino Sarfatti; Cini Boeri; Poul Henningsen; Ron Arad; RCR Arquitectes; MiAS Arquitectes; Ross Lovegrove; Matthew Plummer Fernandez; Liz Magor; Matija Cop; Rudolf Polanszky; YUAN Shen; Marie Voignier; Sigmar Polke; Heimo Zobernig; Merlin Carpenter; Bernard Frize; Alain Séchas; Fiona Rae; Rina Banerjee; Julien Creuze


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