Daniel & Geo Fuchs
Blek Le Rat
Word to Mother
Mark Dean Veca
Friends With You
Bubi Au Yeung
Dolce & Gabbana
Viktor & Rolf
Jean Paul Gaultier
Perks & Mini
David Horvath & Sun
Selim Varol Collection. The 39 year old collector has been collecting toys since his childhood and owns one of the largest collections of figurines in Europe, numbering some 15,000 pieces. A further focus of his collection lies in works by artists who trace their origins back to street art and 'Pop Surrealism'.
“my collection, that’s me –
my childhood, my friends, my heroes, my role models, what i enjoy, what moves me.
pictures from my journey: ‘at home i am a tourist’” (Selim Varol)
From 26 May 2012 to 16 September 2012, me Collectors Room Berlin will be presenting the collection of Selim Varol. The 39-year-old collector from Düsseldorf with Turkish roots has been collecting toys since his childhood and owns one of the largest collections of figurines in Europe, numbering some 15,000 pieces. A further focus of his collection lies in works by artists who trace their origins back to street art and ‘Pop Surrealism’.
One characteristic shared by all the works in this collection is the close link between art and the everyday, as well as their often playful and humorous or subversive character.
The world of toys, most of which are produced in Asia, is a world full of plastic and vinyl. The figurines are detailed miniature sculptures that have variously emerged from the imaginations of contemporary urban artists and designers, or from politics and current events (George Bush, Osama Bin Laden, Hitler), the dream factory of the film industry (Batman, Superman, Rambo and many others) or comics and manga.
Many works in this collection are well-known due to their presence in public spaces. Shepard Fairey helped create a groundswell for Barack Obama with his iconic ‘HOPE’ poster during the United States presidential race in 2008. And JR, the current TED Prize winner, attracted international attention in 2008 with his film ‘28 millimètres: Women Are Heroes’ in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, where he mounted giant images of female residents on the façades of houses in order to raise awareness about their life stories and give these women a voice. The exhibition includes a total of 3000 works by more than 200 artists & designers from over 20 countries.
The presentation of the collection of Selim Varol thus follows in a tradition of exhibitions at me Collectors Room Berlin that focus on collections and the passion for collecting.
List of artists:
Shepard Fairey, Kaws, Phil Frost, JR, Daniel & Geo Fuchs, Faile, Dface, Swoon, Dennis Mcnett, Futura, Judith Supine, Blek Le Rat, Banksy, Beejoir, Zevs, Josh Keyes, Ricky Powell, Herakut, Audrey Kawasaki, Barry Mcgee, Stefan Strumbel, Marok, Katsushiro Otomo, Osamu Tezuka, Flying Fortress, Ben Eine, Ryca, Damien Hirst, Tilt, Dalek, Word to Mother, Livingroom Johnston, Oliver Jeffers, Mark Ryden, James Jarvis, Joe Ledbetter, Ron English, Coarse, Ferg, Frank Kozik, Sam Flores, Luke Chueh, Pete Fowler, Garry Baseman, Tim Biskup, Buffmonster, Amanda Visell, Jeremy Fish, Bountyhunter, Dr. Romanelli, Yositomo Nara, Marion Peck, Polly Morgan, Todd Schorr, Bäst, Eric Haze, Doze Green, Steve Olsen, Curtis Kulig, Mark Dean Veca, Coarse, Frank Kozik, Sam Flores, Chiho Aoshima, Oliver Räke, Mexxer, Ben Mathis, Pure Evil, Skullphone, Eugenio Merino, Date Farmers, Rene Gagnon, Matt Leines, Static, Adam5100, Dolk, Paul Insect, Nick Walker, Blu, Jamie Hewlett, Saber, Antony Micallef, Space Invader, Takashi Murakami, Herman Makkink, Gee Vaucher, David Choe, Retna, El Mac, Sadi Güran, Anthony Lister, Jeff Koons, Terry Richardson, Harmony Corine, Evan Hecox, Nathan Jurevicius, Michael Lau, Mars 1, Jim Woodring, Tokidoki, Semper Fi, MAD*L, Touma, David Horvath, Jermaine Rogers, Dehara, Gary Taxali, Tristan Eaton, Superdeux, Sket-one, Bill Mcmullen, Andrew Bell, Florian Flatau, Randy Bowen, 123Klan, Devilrobots, Muttpop, Tim Tsui, Rocketworld, Spanky, Doma, Unkl, Dave Kinsey, Charles Kraft, James Cauty, Peter Kennard, Margaret Kilgallen, Tara McPherson, Friends With You, Tado, Urban Medium, Jamungo, Huck Gee, Os Gemeos, Todd James, Paul Smith, Scott Musgrowe, Jeff Soto, Mist, Suckadelic, Brendan Monroe, Karl Lagerfeld, Bigfoot one, Bubi Au Yeung, Beast Brothers, Stash, Lady Aiko, Jeff Staple, Mantis, SSUR, Mori Chac, Skewville, Michael Leon, Chales Kraft, Tyler Stout, Since, Miss Bugs, K-Guy, Case, SPQR, Lucy McLauchlan, Thomas Campbell, Pushead, Jamie Reid, Hajime Sorayama, Dran, Martha Cooper, Lunartik, Donny Miller, Suki Bamboo, Delta, Jose Parla, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Vivienne Westwood, Rei Kawakubo, Christian Lacroix, Martin Margiela, Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, Hedi Slimane, Miuccia Prada, Viktor & Rolf, Karin Lehman, John Galliano, Helmut Lang, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stefano Pilati, Donatella Versace, Giorgio Armani, Alexander McQueen, Jean-Louis Dumas Hermes, Valentino, Matias Corral, London Police, Bshit, Perks & Mini, David Horvath & Sun-Min Kim, Jim Woodring
Image: Selim’s Family, 2012 © Daniel & Geo Fuchs
Project-related press contact:
artpress – Ute Weingarten
Elisabethkirchstr. 15, 10115 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 21 96 18-43
Press Lunch Wednsday May 24 2012, 1pm
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