Two new acquisitions by the artist Florian Meisenberg (b. 1980 in Berlin) form the focus of the new exhibition that is made up of works from the firms collection. Meisenberg had already created and impressive oeuvre when still a student of Peter Doig at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf. In his paintings he celebrates painting itself in an often untamed manner. The work that lends the exhibition its theme depicts an island in what appears to be a raging sea. The bare trees bend, but not from the wind. They seem rather to be pressed down from the pastose colored circles of paint. An ironic struggle results between the ominous yet concrete subject matter and the paint itself. Behind the question of what painting is meant to accomplish today is always the question of just how much an artists personality contributes to this subjective medium. The exhibition offers viewers the possibility of engaging in an artistic dialogue regarding the nature of painting based on artistic positions represented in the Osram Collection
Since 1966 OSRAM has been exhibiting contemporary art. Since 2001 the companys commitment to supporting new art has been intensified with the establishment and development of the companys own collection.
The exhibition is on view from 20 January through 30 April 2010.
OSRAM is part of the Industry Sector of Siemens and one of the two leading lighting manufacturers in the world. Sales for OSRAM worldwide totaled to 4.0 billion in fiscal year 2009, 88 percent of which came from outside Germany. OSRAM is a high-tech company in the lighting industry. Over 66 percent of sales come from energy-efficient products. This global player employs more than 39,000 people worldwide, supplies customers in some 150 countries and has 46 production facilities in 17 countries (September 30).