Beginning of the video collection with the purchase of Wolf Vostell’s Heuschrecken

End of 1970. During the exhibition, the collector Peter Ludwig purchases the electronic environment Heuschrecken (version 2) in 1969–70. The visual object is connected to 20 television sets and a video camera. The faces of visitors are recorded hourly and these are then shown later on the monitors phase-shifted. The viewers thus become part of the image. The acquisition marks the beginning of the Neue Galerie’s video collection. With this step, the Neue Galerie is the first museum in NRW to collect video art.