The State of North Rhine-Westphalia acquired the impressive art collection of Konrad Fischer and his wife, comprising 250 works by some thirty-five artists, as well as the gallery archive, for the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen at the beginning of 2014. The exhibition catalogue now provides a summary of Konrad Fischer’s significant life’s work.

Past Desire

Vergangenes Begehren

What connects a personal history to an official historical narrative? What role does the unconscious play when constructing the past and collective thought? What desire is hidden between the different forms of memory culture and historical awareness – the personal, the subjective and the collective – with regard to major social and cultural changes, political transformation and technological evolution? This catalogue brings together ten international artists who work with psychological perspectives that make history and memory visible and tangible as fraught processes of reflection and the past as a mythical narrative.

Yael Bartana (IL), Ulla von Brandenburg (D), Chen Chieh-Jen (TW), Martin Gostner (AT), Franz Kapfer (AT), Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven (BE), David Maljkovic (HR), Rosell Meseguer (ES), Lorraine O’Grady (US) und Margaret Salmon (US)

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"Past Desire"

ISBN 978-3-86678-608-0

16,00 x 23,00 cm

112 Pages

77 colored and 43 b/w illustrations

Softcover, bound

Languages: German, English


Galerie im Taxispalais, Beate Ermacora, Jürgen Tabor

preface by
Beate Ermacora

Julia Brennacher, Lotte Dinse, Beate Ermacora, Christina Nägele, Jürgen Tabor and Moshe Zuckermann

Graphic design
Harald Richter, Hamburg

Exhibition: “Vergangenes Begehren. Past Desire”, 15 October - 4 December 2011, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck