Installation view Kostas Murkudis, © Kostas Murkudis, photo: Axel Schneider. Image description: In an exhibition room illuminated by a brightly lit wall, various items of clothing hang from the ceiling, distributed across the room; in the foreground of the image is a white rectangular column.
Installation view Kostas Murkudis, © Kostas Murkudis, photo: Axel Schneider. Image description: In an exhibition room illuminated by a brightly lit wall, various items of clothing hang from the ceiling, distributed across the room; in the foreground of the image is a white rectangular column.

At Close Range

Kostas Murkudis and the MMK Collection

The MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main stages the first comprehensive museum exhibition of the work of Kostas Murkudis, one of the most well-known fashion designers in the world today.

With this exhibition project, the MMK is continuing and broadening its programmatic focus on the borderlands between the visual arts and fashion. The exhibition architecture and displays is designed by the German artist Carsten Nicolai.

In 2013, Kostas Murkudis donated large parts of his archive as well as original designs and prototypes to three international museum collections: the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, the Palais Galliera – Musée de la mode de la ville de Paris, and the Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan. His gift to the MMK marks the point of departure for the extensive show at the MMK 2.

Artistic outlooks and ways of working have had a decisive influence on Murkudis’s work. This circumstance is manifest particularly in his sculptural approach, his investigation of three-dimensional materials, his creative praxis, but also in the presentation of his designs in a manner distinctly different from the ordinary fashion show. By addressing social, sculptural and participatory issues, he changes our conceptions and perceptions of the medium of fashion. Comprehensive research and perceivable architectural influences are further aspects that permeate his oeuvre.

The exhibition showcases Murkudis’s work in selected collections, workgroups and prototypes. With the aid of additional material, it also takes a more in-depth look at several aspects of his œuvre, allowing visitors literally to “experience” it within the framework of various presentation forms.

For the exhibition at the MMK, Kostas Murkudis also examines the relationships between his designs and prominent works from the museum’s holdings, thus curating a presentation of the collection. The latter encompasses concepts and display forms, performance, the ready-made, material aesthetics and many other phenomena and approaches with which artists have concerned themselves since the 1960s. Artistic oeuvres in which textiles play an important role enter into dialogue with Murkudis’s collections and individual pieces.

Exhibition design by Carsten Nicolai and the architect Aaron Werbick.

Funded by
Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband (DSGV)

Exhibition

17 Juli 2015 — 14 Februar 2016

TOWERMMK

TaunusTurm, Taunustor 1
60310 Frankfurt am Main


  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 19:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 18:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 18:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 18:00
  • Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

mmk@stadt-frankfurt.de
+49 69 212 30447

Exhibition Views

Kostas Murkudis, Panel Dresses, 2014 © Archiv Kostas Murkudis, photo: Axel Schneider
Kostas Murkudis, Panel Dresses, 2014 © Archiv Kostas Murkudis; Steven Parrino, Bunny Glamazon, 1992 © Steven Parrino. Courtesy the Steven Parrino Estate/Gagosian Gallery, photo: Axel Schneider
Jack Goldstein, The Dying Wind, 1976; Jack Goldstein, A Faster Run, 1976; Jack Goldstein, The Tornado, 1976; Jack Goldstein, Two Wrestling Cats, 1976; Jack Goldstein, A German Shepherd, 1976; Jack Goldstein, The Lost Ocean Liner, 1976; Jack Goldstein, Three Felled Trees, 1976; Jack Goldstein, The Burning Forest, 1976; Jack Goldstein, A Swim Against The Tide, 1976; all MUSEUM MMK FÜR MODERNE KUNST © The Estate of Jack Goldstein / Courtesy Galerie Daniel Buchholz, photo: Axel Schneider
Kostas Murkudis / Carsten Nicolai, Imaginary Screen, 1998/2015 © Archiv Kostas Murkudis, photo: Axel Schneider
Yves Klein, Monochrome Bleu, IKB 88, 1959, MUSEUM MMK FÜR MODERNE KUNST © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020; Kostas Murkudis / Carsten Nicolai, Imaginary Screen, 1998/2015 © Archiv Kostas Murkudis, photo: Axel Schneider
Kostas Murkudis, Moodboards, 2015 © Archiv Kostas Murkudis, photo: Axel Schneider
Installation view TOWER MMK, Foto: Axel Schneider
Tue Greenfort, Medusa, 2007, MUSEUM MMK FÜR MODERNE KUNST, photo: Axel Schneider
Kostas Murkudis, several models from the collections Spring/Summer 2010–2013, 2010–2013 © Archiv Kostas Murkudis, photo: Axel Schneider
Kostas Murkudis, Model from the collection Spring/Summer 2010–2013 © Archiv Kostas Murkudis, photo: Axel Schneider
Kostas Murkudis, several models from the collections Spring/Summer 2010–2013, 2010–2013 © Archiv Kostas Murkudis, photo: Axel Schneider
Kostas Murkudis, several models from the collections Spring/Summer 2010–2013, 2010–2013 © Archiv Kostas Murkudis, photo: Axel Schneider
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