THIRD SKIN | Works from Sammlung Hoffmann and Schenkung Sammlung Hoffmann

Coming from the world-renowned Sammlung Hoffmann, based in Berlin, and the Schenkung Sammlung Hoffmann, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the works were selected by curators Dorothée Brill and Luise Richter. Collector Erika Hoffmann once described clothes as a second skin and her collection, which she has lived with since the late 1960s, as a third skin. Like the title, the exhibition is inspired by the presentations in the Berlin rooms of the collector couple and focuses on the dialogues that arise between the individual works in the intimacy of OP ENHEIM's former living quarters.

Characteristic of the collection is the variety of artistic confrontations with the conditions and limitations of the human body, with its social imprints, socially assigned roles and loud or silent, perceived or unnoticed breaks from these assignments. Against this backdrop, the works shown in the THIRD SKIN exhibition focus on the human body, the human counterpart, human communication and dissolving, incorporating, transforming and disappearing. At the same time, these works concern the borders between painting and photography, sculpture and performance, surface and space. They cross and blur these boundaries. Part of the Sammlung Hoffmann was transferred as Schenkung Sammlung Hoffmann to the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

The exhibition was created in cooperation with the OP ENHEIM Foundation and Schenkung Sammlung Hoffmann, Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

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