Private/Corporate VII, Daimler Contemporary

“Private/Corporate VII: The Doron Sebbag Art Collection, ORS Ltd., Tel Aviv and the Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart/Berlin”, Daimler Contemporary, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, 17 October 2012 – 1 April, 2013


The exhibition “Private/Corporate VII: The Doron Sebbag Art Collection, ORS Ltd., Tel Aviv and the Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart/Berlin” is part of the Private/Corporate series of dialogues that began in 2002 between the Daimler Art Collection and other German and international private collections.

Renate Wiehager, curator of the Daimler Art Collection, visited the exhibition entitled “Accelerating toward Apocalypse” during her stay in Israel (the exhibition was first shown at the “Givon Art Forum, Tel Aviv”, March–June, 2012). This resulted in the selection of approximately forty works by twenty-three artists from the Doron Sebbag Collection to be included in the present show.

Certain fundamental concepts that transcend stylistic and media categories emerged as common factors in the selection of artworks: narrative and temporal elements, expressive physicality and fetishism, existential codes and a mythically charged pictorial quality. Indeed, the seventh exhibition in the “Private/ Corporate” series focuses on contemporary tendencies in art, both within Israel and internationally. The visitor’s path through the exhibition at the Daimler Contemporary is laid out based on resonances between thematic blocs of artworks from both collections.

The selected works from the Doron Sebbag Art Collection serve as manifestations of time in contemporary art: archeology, archives, the wasting of time and the obsession with capturing the moment are the key elements the curator has woven together. The selection of about twenty artworks by international and Israeli artists from the Daimler Art Collection, many of them newly acquired, responds to this theme with works that bring together politico-social analysis, existential ciphers, gestures and aspects of animism and fetishism. The focus is on new acquisitions for the collection.