Avatar and Atavism
22.08.2015-08.11.2015
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Grabbeplatz 4, D-40213 Düsseldorf, Germany


 

Em­ploy­ing a pro­cess of as­sem­bling and jux­t­a­po­sing works of art, the ex­hi­bi­ti­on “Ava­tar and Ata­vism. Outside the Avant-Gar­de” vi­sua­li­ses a phe­no­men­on by which a sur­pri­sing emer­gence of
heads, hands and other bo­di­ly si­gnals ab­rupt­ly lays an ar­che­ty­pi­cal an­chor in the art of the 1980. Re­now­ned ex­po­n­ents of Wes­tern art be­lon­ging to dif­fe­rent ge­ne­ra­ti­ons we­re the ones who re­vol­ted against the achie­ve­ments of mo­der­nism, ab­strac­tion and con­cep­tua­li­ty. Ani­mis­tic mo­ments ha­ve be­en in play sin­ce the tran­s­a­vant­gar­de of around
1980 that ex­press them­sel­ves in the “frag­men­ted bo­dy”, in the ani­mal as al­ter ego as well as other codes of the “Sa­va­ge Mind”. The clo­se ties to Outs­i­der Art are un­mis­t­aka­ble. The phe­no­men­on can be tra­ced to the pre­sent day, even if it has of­ten be­en sub­ject to very dif­fe­rent in­ter­pre­ta­ti­ons.
The ex­hi­bi­ti­on fea­tures works by re­now­ned ar­tists that veer bet­ween ob­ses­si­on, nar­ra­ti­on and iro­ny, as had be­co­me pos­si­ble af­ter the post-mo­dern turn of 1978. A gal­le­ry space wi­th works from the Paul Ma­enz Collec­tion opens the “sa­va­ge” deca­de wi­th na­mes li­ke Fran­ces­co Cle­men­te, Wal­ter Dahn, Mar­tin Dis­ler and Ge­org Ji­ri Dok­ou­pil. They are fol­lo­wed by works of a Sieg­fried Anzin­ger, flan­ked by such sin­gu­lar fi­gu­res as An­to­ni­us Hö­ckel­mann and Al­fred Klinkan. The sub­se­quent deca­de is dis­tin­gu­is­hed by an ani­mis­tic chain of works by ar­tists who in­vent new ava­tars: Franz West, Ro­se­ma­rie Tro­ckel, Gün­ther Förg, Tho­mas Schüt­te and Mi­ke Kel­ley: West’s le­murs, Förg’s masks and Tro­ckel’s knit­ted “Ba­la­cla­va” ski masks. The­se ar­che­ty­pes are com­ple­te­ly le­gi­ti­mi­sed and on­ly now tru­ly re­cognisa­ble by the fact that the­se ava­tars are by en­t­i­re­ly dif­fe­rent per­so­na­li­ties from pre­vious ge­ne­ra­ti­ons, hea­ded by Loui­se Bour­geois and Ma­ria Lass­nig wi­th Ge­org Ba­se­litz and Bru­ce Nau­man, who si­mul­ta­neous­ly dis­play­ed a si­mi­lar ba­sic ap­proach around.
Ar­tists such as Sa­rah Lu­cas, Ni­co­le Ei­sen­man, Da­na Schutz, Kai Alt­hoff, Tho­mas Zipp, An­dré But­zer, An­dy Ho­pe 1930 and John Bock con­ti­nu­ed on wi­th this ten­den­cy af­ter 2000, pla­cing their own very per­so­nal ac­cents. Tal R and Jo­na­than Mee­se erect a par­ti­al re­con­struc­tion of Cast­le MOR from 2005. The ava­tars of the youn­ger ge­ne­ra­ti­on of to­day are lin­ked by the re­a­dy­ma­de and me­dia re­flec­tion, for ex­amp­le Danh Vo, Jus­tin Ma­ther­ly,
and Eva Kot’átková.

The entran­ces and exit to the­se three deca­des of bo­dy pic­to­grams are ma­de up of two con­vo­lu­tes of con­tem­pora­ry Outs­i­der Art, lar­ge­ly from the cli­ni­cal field.

The ex­hi­bi­ti­on is cu­ra­ted by Veit Lo­ers wi­th Gre­gor Jan­sen and Pia Witz­mann.

Image: © Günther Förg: “Maske”, Bronze, 1990, Foto: Wolfgang Günzel, © Estate of Günther Förg, Courtesy Privatsammlung

http://www.kunsthalle-duesseldorf.de/index.php?id=372

0 Comments

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

CONTACT US

If you have any question or want to work with us, feel free to send us an email. We'll get back to you soon, thanks!

Sending

©[2015] Museum & Gallery a platform for finding exhibitions and sharing artists. Designed by Museum-and-Gallery.com 

Please read the Terms of Service before participating with or uploading any content to this site.

Copyrights of the artworks remain with the Artists. Copyrights of the images and texts remain with the users.  Links

or

Log in with your credentials

or    

Forgot your details?

or

Create Account