Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - The State Gallery is buying three works by renowned contemporary artists. The large-format works by Judith Hopf, Teresa Margolles and Hito Steyerl deal with socially explosive topics in various media such as steel, ceramics and video and artificial intelligence, as the state museum in Stuttgart announced on Thursday. Information on the purchase price was not given.
Secretary of State for Art Petra Olschowski (Greens) said that the acquisition of the outstanding collection of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart is a very attractive addition in the field of contemporary art. Hopf's 2019 steel sculpture "Untitled (Tongue on Floor)" resembles an oversized red tongue lying on the floor, the museum said.
Conceived in 2020, "The Black Shroud" by Margolles consists of 1,800 pieces of polished ceramic handcrafted by the artist in collaboration with artisans in Mata Ortiz (Mexico). Each of these black ceramic tiles commemorates one of the unknown victims who were brutally murdered in this region.
Steyerl's 2019 video sculpture "Power Plants" is installed on scaffolding structures and includes multiple videos viewable on LED screens. The artist created a utopian garden with the help of artificial intelligence and digital animation.