Currents 107: Renata Stih & Frieder Schnock
September 27, 2013–January 5, 2014
Galleries 338, 301, 237, 242, 245, and Sculpture Hall

This fall, the Museum's ongoing series devoted to contemporary art, Currents, features 2012-13 Freund Fellows Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock, Berlin-based conceptual artists who explore how memory is formed and how it functions in public spaces and institutions. They will examine how a museum such as ours serves as both a container and carrier of memories, embodied by different works of art. Their exhibition, subtitled "The German Connection—Raft with Stranded Objects," features site-specific interventions installed in several spaces throughout the Museum.

Through their characteristic approach of extensive research, Stih and Schnock have uncovered three compelling stories about St. Louis and German history, from the late 19th century through the Cold War era. The subjects of these intriguing real-life tales include a 15th-century sculpture of a Virgin and Child that had been seized by the Nazis, a plaster model of the Reichstag that German emperor Wilhelm II had shipped to the Midwest, and a former double agent for West German intelligence who studied at Washington University under a new identity provided by the CIA. Weaving St. Louis into the broader and complex connections between Germany and the United States during the 20th century, Stih and Schnock have produced an absorbing and provocative exhibition that investigates German identity, cultural mobility, and transnational exchange.

Generous support for Currents 107: Renata Stih & Frieder Schnock is provided by the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Endowment Fund, established to support the exhibition and acquisition of contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum and the teaching principles of contemporary art at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Curated by Tricia Y. Paik, associate curator of modern and contemporary art, Currents 107: Renata Stih &Frieder Schnock will be on view in Galleries 338 , 301, 237, 242, 245, and Sculpture Hall, from September 27 through January 5, 2014.