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Magical Soup

Press release


Magical Soup. Media Art from the Nationalgalerie Collection, the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection

 Music has the power to create imaginary worlds. Sounds can physically shake up rooms. And images can conjure up auditory spaces that draw us beyond canvases and screens. The survey exhibition Magical Soup revolves around the power and magic inherent in images, sound, music and language—that magical force which enables them to create new realities, reveal hidden ones and even escape normative ones. The works range between precise observation, radical self-expression, and deliberate deconstruction of identity.

The relationship between image and sound is explored here in time-based media artworks dating from the 1970s to the present day, as well as in a number of installations and works on paper. Spaciously presented across more than 2,000 square metres in Hamburger Bahnhof’s Rieckhallen, Magical Soup features 49 works drawn from the extensive holdings of video and media art in the collection of the Nationalgalerie and the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, supplemented by a selection of loans.