FANTASTIC WOMEN. SURREAL WORLDS FROM MERET OPPENHEIM TO FRIDA KAHLO
The SCHIRN is premiering the first major exhibition offering an overview of the female contribution to Surrealism. Unlike their male colleagues, women often reversed the perspective, namely by exploring their own mirror image and adopting various roles they looked for a model of identity of their own. They also addressed political topics, literature or foreign myths. Alongside famous names such as Louise Bourgeois, Claude Cahun, Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo or Meret Oppenheim the show included numerous unknown, exciting personalities such as Toyen, Alice Rahon or Kay Sage waiting to be discovered. The publication not only presents the impressive current oeuvre of the female Surrealists in large-format images. The great range of essays by various female experts illustrates the diversity of that art movement while the accompanying biographies offer insights into the various different and exciting aspects of the lives and work of the artists.
TIP Some 260 paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and films by 34 artists from 11 countries complement each other to form an overall view of the fantastic creation of the Surrealist avant-garde. The comprehensive catalog offers an unparalleled and exclusive survey. Do not miss out of this unique opportunity.
PLAYING THE CITY - PACKAGE
Reader + DVD 1, 2, 3
All products of the tree-part exhibition series "Playing the City" as special offer:
Interview Reader, 393 pp., 2012, 22,00 €
Playing the City 3, dvd, 160 min, 2012, 14,90 €
Playing the City 2, dvd, 160 min, 2010, 14,90 €
Playing the City 1, dvd, 130 min, 2009, 14,90 €
regular price 66,70 €
PLAYING THE CITY
Der Reader zum 3-teiligen Ausstellungsprojekt. 51
From 2009 to 2011, the three-part Schirn project "Playing the City" demonstrated the great diversity of what can be summarized under the term "art in public space." A reader was published at the end of the project. Whether as a secret guerrilla action, a spectacular surprise or a temporary place of encounter - the more than 50 projects made Frankfurt's inner city their own and involved the public in different ways. The range of works, some of which were conceived especially for the project, by the 58 international artists and artist groups involved included performances, happenings, sculptures, installations, workshops, markets, poster campaigns, rallies and demonstrations.
For the reader "Playing the City. Interviews," Matthias Ulrich, curator of the Schirn exhibition project, asked the participating artists ten central questions about the participatory-collaborative art context. Their answers and comments provide an impressive picture of the diverse forms of interactive, cooperative, and interdisciplinary procedures in contemporary art.
LAST WORKS. FROM MANET TO KIPPENBERGER
Intensity, radicalization, reorientation
Outstanding works and groups of works dating from the late nineteenth century to the present strikingly demonstrate the final intensification or surprising turn within an artist’s oeuvre. The catalogue centers on works by fourteen artists such as Claude Monet and Henri Matisse, who produced a late work that has received acclaim in the meantime, or Martin Kippenberger and Bas Jan Ader, who, when they died young, left us an almost unknown “late work.”
Artists: Bas Jan Ader, Stan Brakhage, Giorgio de Chirico, Walker Evans, Alexej von Jawlensky, Georgia O’Keeffe, Martin Kippenberger, Willem de Kooning, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Francis Picabia, Ad Reinhardt und Andy Warhol
Pop, Funk and antiheroes
Luminous colors, overloaded refrigerators and in the middle of all that chaos: Superman, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. At first glance Peter Saul’s visual worlds would seem closely related to Pop Art. Yet on closer inspection his highly individual oeuvre comes to the fore: With a blend of crude slapstick humor, comedy and bizarre language play, with caricatured superheroes and a penchant for exaggeration, the American artist exposes the dark sides of the American Dream. His paintings and drawings turn the consumer and mass culture of the late 1950s and early 1960s upside down. To this day, his images take a sarcastic view of American current affairs and captivate observers with their stylistic originality.
TIP. In an interview with Martina Weinhart, Peter Saul explains how one day the magazine Mad opened his eyes and inspired him to adopt his very own artistic stance
PHILIP GUSTON. LATE WORKS
Painting outfitted with humor and grotesque
The bold and extraordinary oeuvre of the American painter Philip Guston (1913–1980) was one of the most widely discussed of his time. He was the first to return figuration to postwar American painting, was innovative in his combination of “high art” with images from popular culture, and is today celebrated as the pioneer of postmodern, figurative painting. On the occasion of the artist’s 100th birthday, this publication focuses on late works by Philip Guston as a milestone of American painting.
PLAYING THE CITY 3
DVD zu Playing the City 3
After the success of the project (PLAYING THE CITY 1 and 2, 2009 and 2010) comes now the 3rd and last part of this exhibition format, which again offered numerous artists the opportunity to animate the public space of the city of Frankfurt with actions, performances and installations in which passers-by could actively and creatively participate.
With: Upper Bleistein, Tania Bruguera, Il-Jin Atem Coi feat. Becker Schmitz und Holger Kurt Jäger, Minerva Cuevas, Jacob Dahlgren, Tim Etchells, Sans Facon, Christian Jankowski, Silke Eva Kästner, san Keller, Levent Kunt, Aleksandra Mir, Eileen Perrier, Kommando Agnes Richter
THE book about Yoko Ono - one of the most influential artists of our time.
The catalog provides an overview of the artist’s oeuvre as well as numerous essays whose authors examine various thematic complexes within her overall concept, including film, music, and “intermedia”. Ono’s works are characterized by dualisms and her concern with basic elements and fundamental issues of human existence. Many works revolve around the phenomena of light and shadow, water and fire, air and sky. Destruction and healing as well as balance play important roles in Ono’s concept. The catalog features a comprehensive survey of the multifaceted universe of this extraordinary artist, who is regarded as a pioneer of early conceptual, film and performance art as well as a key figure in the world of music, the peace movement and feminism, who continues to play an influential role in current developments in art. Some 200 objects, films, spatial installations, photographs, drawings and textual pieces as well as a special music room will shed light on the diverse media landscape of Ono’s art and the central themes of her oeuvre. The catalog devotes particular attention to Yoko Ono’s works from the 1960s and 1970s.
ALICJA KWADE. THE VOID OF THE MOMENT IN MOTION
Time, motion, and space
With her installation “Die bewegte Leere des Moments” (The Void of the Moment in Motion), Alicja Kwade opens up a space of its own for the viewer, a space that offers possibilities for new perspectives and considerations, increases the viewer’s powers of concentration, and sharpens all his senses. What do time, motion, and space mean for the individual? To what extent do scientific findings provide orientation and support in this specific constellation?
DANIEL RICHTER. HELLO, I LOVE YOU
Daniel Richter latest works
The new series by the German painter Daniel Richter mark a caesura in the artist’s oeuvre. All the paintings in the new series impress with their materiality. Richter dispenses almost entirely with painting with a paintbrush. This leads to a fundamentally transformed appearance. Richter also avoids a clear symbolism and leaves no room for anecdotal interpretations. And yet his pictures reflect his powerful attitude to art and the world. It is a remarkable new development stage in the artist’s oeuvre. An interview with Daniel Richter is giving detailed information; an essay introduces in the new series.
BASQUIAT. BOOM FOR REAL
BASQUIAT. BOOM FOR REAL
Basquiat was not only an artist, but also someone who understood the art of living. With his classmate Al Diaz he tagged New York buildings with the pseudonym SAMO©, he painted everything he could lay his hands on, embellished clothes with his signature, worked as a DJ at the Mudd Club, founded the band Gray and produced a hip hop record. As he became more successful the artist attracted the attention of the New York creative scene in the 1980s, and in 1982 he became the hitherto youngest artist to participate in the documenta. Basquiat’s complex and explosive work, which resulted from his interdisciplinary artistic approach in cooperation with numerous artists, reveals its full potential in this catalog.
TIP. The catalog not only features Basquiat’s drawings, paintings and graffiti, but also provides an insight into rare archive material from public and private collections. It expands on and analyzes the historical and cultural context of Basquiat’s work – from the New York Bebop scene to Basquiat’s comprehensive book and video collection.
SPLENDOR AND MISERY IN THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC
As the first German democracy, the inter-War years (1918–1933) were characterized by a series of crises and transitions – from the German Empire to the totalitarian regime of the Third Reich. In realistic, ironic, grotesque and critically analytical depictions numerous artists not only reflected the era’s social conditions, but also commented on them in an attempt to change them. With works by Otto Dix and George Grosz, Conrad Felixmüller and Christian Schad through to Dodo, Jeanne Mammen, Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler and many other famous artists, together with lesser well known ones waiting to be rediscoverd the catalog paints a complex picture of artistic and political life in the Weimar Republic
TIP. Apart from compressively exploring the history of the inter-War years, the catalog provides exciting and sound insights into a time of political, social and cultural upheavals from the entertainment industry, via the role of the “new woman” through to a renewed enthusiasm and new definition of sport
RICHARD GERSTL RETROSPEKTIVE
He is the "first Austrian Expressionist" and for many still an insider tip: Richard Gerstl (1883-1908). The painter is mentioned in the same breath as the three masters of Viennese modernism - Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. Until his suicide at the age of only 25, he created an exciting, unusual, if manageable oeuvre with impressive highlights and groundbreaking innovations. For the first time in Germany, the SCHIRN is showing a comprehensive retrospective, bringing together almost all of the works by him that are known today.
MAGRITTE. THE TREACHERY OF IMAGES
The painter René Magritte (1898–1967) was a conjurer of enigmatic paintings. In a concentrated solo exhibition devoted to the great Belgian Surrealist, the SCHIRN explores his relationship to the philosophical currents of his time. Magritte did not see himself as an artist, but rather as a thinking human being who conveyed his thoughts through his painting. Throughout his life he sought to imbue painting with meaning equal to that of language. The SCHIRN is presenting Magritte’s masterpieces of enigmatic painting from the 1920s to the 1960s, among them his emblematic selfportrait entitled La Lampe philosophique (The Philosopher’s Lamp) (1936), Les Mémoires d’un Saint (The Memoires of a Saint) (1960) and Le Beau Monde (The Beautiful World) (1962). The exhibition features some 70 artworks, including numerous masterpieces from major international museums as well as public and private collections.
The exhibition ULAY LIFE-SIZED at SCHIRN brings together Ulay’s remarkable oeuvre in a comprehensive way. On show are both new works and performances, devised by the artist specifically for this exhibition, as well as numerous works of art, which he held back for years and which are now on view publicly for the first time. The exceptional artist Uwe Laysiepen aka Ulay (*1943) radically merges his own life with art. With his artistic concept of transformation, he constantly creates new identities: his preferred medium is photography.
ART FOR ALL. THE COLOR WOODCUT IN VIENNA AROUND 1900
Mood of change – Viennese art around 1900
The woodcut is one of the oldest printing techniques known and reached its zenith during the Middle Ages with Albrecht Dürer. Over the centuries the technique was increasingly forgotten, only to be rediscovered quite suddenly throughout Europe in a trend-setting development at the beginning of the 20th century. This was also the case in Vienna, where numerous artists, including a remarkable number of women, breathed new life into the color woodcut.
The publication is dedicating a major, long overdue exhibition to this previously largely neglected phenomenon. Some 240 works by over 40 artists – also employing related techniques such as linocut and block printing – give an impressive overview of the subject and demonstrate for the first time the full extent of the aesthetic and social achievements of the color woodcut in Vienna around the turn of the last century.
PIONEERS OF THE COMIC STRIP. A DIFFERENT AVANT-GARDE
The art of comic
Spectacular, large and colorful – this is how comic strips captivated their audience, beginning back in 1897. The prevalence of the comic strip in the early 20th century was based on the meteoric rise of the newspaper as a mass medium. High-performance printing presses and decreasing paper prices made it affordable. This led to an explosion and democratization of newspapers, and the comic strip supplements they contained resulted in the first pictorial mass medium in history.
The publication features six outstanding, primarily American illustrators who shaped the cultural history of the comic strip: Winsor McCay, Lyonel Feininger, Charles Forbell, Cliff Sterrett, George Herriman, and Frank King, who—progressive and eager to experiment—set the artistic and content-related standards of the early comic strips.
HEATHER PHILLIPSON. EAT HERE
Video plays a major role in Heather Phillipson’s (*1978, London) works, which evolve as multi-faceted, part-digital, part-physical conglomerations, encompassing visual, oral and tactile elements. Phillipson, also an award-winning poet and trained musician, frequently deploys linguistic and compositional structures of enjambment, counterpoint and rhythm to destabilize or reorient representational space. Most striking, perhaps, is the bold, aesthetic appeal of the worlds the artist creates: walk-in montages of heterogeneous objects that highlight our constant proximity to the absurd.
Two artists, two generations of rather differing provenance: The SCHRIN is dedicating a comprehensive exhibition to the surprising and previously largely overlooked affinities in the work by Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) and Bruce Nauman (* 1941). Drawings, photographs, videos, sculptures and large-scale installations by the US multimedia artist will enter into an exciting dialogue with selected sculptures and paintings by the Swiss sculptor. Both artists’ oeuvre revolves primarily around the image of man and the human condition. With reduced formal language, it looks to explore fundamental existential questions.
STORM WOMEN. WOMEN ARTIST OF THE AVANT-GARDE IN BERLIN 1910-1932
Berlin’s STURM gallery presented the works of countless artists for the first time in Germany, many of them from outside the country. Their biographies, the personal conditions under which they lived and the reception of these STURM WOMEN differed greatly, as did the stylistic approaches they took in their art. Displayed together, their works offer an impressive panorama of modern art.
Doug Aitken's kaleidoscopic universe
Doug Aitken transcends boundaries with his award-winning work. He combines film and music, architecture, performance and sculpture in a dynamic way. For more than 20 years, he has been creating works of art of fascinating audiovisual intensity and suggestive-seductive power. Aitken belongs to a generation of artists who have reassessed and decisively influenced the way we look at art: His works bear witness to a more profound observation of reality and reflect a philosophical analysis of the present world. He takes the viewers of his work on a synesthetic journey around the world and to their inner self – in a maelstrom of expressive and rhythmically structured images. He poses existential questions, but does not provide easy answers. Instead, the artist expresses an almost ingenious enthusiasm for humanity and communal interaction. His themes continuously revolve around human civilization: the alienation of the individual and isolation in the mass; man's relationship with nature and technology; and technology’s coexistence with nature as well as human relationships per se.
Pop Art in its unique German variation
Pop, which began in Great Britain and the USA and was established there as a universal culture, took on an original artistic expression in the 1960s in the Federal Republic of Germany. Artists living in West Germany such as Thomas Bayrle, Christa Dichgans, K. H. Hödicke, Konrad Klapheck, Ferdinand Kriwet, Uwe Lausen, Sigmar Polke, and Gerhard Richter grapple in their works with the everyday life in Germany, ironically commenting on the ideals of petit-bourgeois taste and the oppressive and deceptive coziness of the 1960s. Germany’s economic miracle was followed by an attempt to come to terms politically with its recent past. Processes of democratization were also found in the fine arts, along with a search for a new identity and a redefinition of the concept of art.
ARTISTS AND PROPHETS. A SECRET HISTORY OF MODERN ART 1872–1972
Neglected Chapter in the History of Modern Art
Egon Schiele saw himself as a visionary and prophetic artist, František Kupka forged an abstract style of painting infused with spiritist principles, Joseph Beuys called for a revolution under the rubric of “social sculpture,” and Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an ecological crusader whose spiral paintings were holistic in essence. These pioneering artistic attitudes and developments would have not come about without contact with several so-called ‘prophets’. Some of these were artist-naturists, others were modern-day Christs, while still others saw themselves as social revolutionaries of a kind. Their relevance for modern art remains a largely untold story. Today, their names—Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach, Gusto Gräser, Gustav Nagel, as well as Friedrich Muck-Lamberty and Ludwig Christian Haeusser—have almost been forgotten. During their lifetime, however, they were widely known among a broad-based public and in avant-garde circles. Artists and intellectuals also admired them, albeit often behind closed doors. Illustrated works by such artists as František Kupka, Egon Schiele, Johannes Baader, Heinrich Vogeler, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Joseph Beuys, and Jörg Immendorff as well as a variety of documentation materials. The publication both reveals causalities and establishes unexpected connections. It also embeds the prophets and the artistic avant-garde in a wide-ranging social historical context.The exhibition catalog presents the fruits of in-depth research on the subject in the form of a probing examination that enables readers to delve more deeply into the “Secret History of Modern Art.”
Portraiture from Finnland
Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) is Finland’s most prominent female artist. Her work is of epoch-making significance. Recognition for Schjerfbeck’s portraiture is ubiquitous throughout Scandinavia – with her likeness even reproduced on the obverse side of the Finnish two-euro coin. The artist is honoured as a national icon. This monograph presents an overview of Schjerfbeck’s oeuvre from its beginnings in realism in the 1880s to the late, strongly abstract self-portraits of the 1940s.
DANIELE BUETTI. IT’S ALL IN THE MIND
Hypnosis as an artistic action
Life as optimization and experience project?
The credo of today’s society without boundaries reads “ever faster, ever higher, ever further.” In the early twenty-first century, man, oscillating between euphoria and depression, finds himself confronted with the promising opportunities of a global and virtual world as well as the challenge to constantly improve, optimize, and shape his life more efficiently. The presented works are not aimed at visualizing the contents of the eponymous epochal novel “Infinite Jest” by David Foster Wallace. The book rather explores the various demands confronting today’s individual, in which the modes of resistance and the contradictions of a reality often described as lacking any alternative make themselves felt. The catalog is a commentary on the exhibition. The essays it contains are reproductions in a twofold sense: they reproduce the idea of the presentation in textual form, and they are reprints. The artistic manifestos also published in the book refer to the included essay by Alex Danchev on the one hand and are a constant companion to early-twentieth-century art on the other. They demonstrate the ever-recurring desire for renewal in a way of their own.
Artists: Francis Alÿs, Maurizio Cattelan, Claire Fontaine, Peter Coffin, Lara Favaretto, Andrea Fraser, Karl Holmqvist, Judith Hopf, Ceal Floyer, Josh Kline, Alicja Kwade, Joep van Liefland, Helen Marten, Kris Martin, Navid Nuur, Daniel Richter, Michael Riedel, Anri Sala, Ryan Trecartin, and the Kopp Collection.
TOBIAS REHBERGER. HOME AND AWAY AND OUTSIDE
Art, installation art, design ?
Tobias Rehberger (*1966) is internationally renowned for his trenchant and witty works. Numerous awards and exhibitions honor the artist whose complex oeuvre occupies an outstanding position within today’s art production. Rehbergerʼs work cannot be categorized as associated with a special medium or dedicated to a certain subject. Relying on a variety of media rather, the artist has created sculptures, installations, posters, and paintings and thus dealt with a wide range of themes spanning from optical delusions and identity games to issues of transience. It is often the genesis of a work his art focuses on: the artist frequently falls back on his own memories, draws inspiration from outdated techniques of production, or provokes his viewers by furnishing his works with alleged flaws or lending his works the appearance of copies when viewed for the first time. Many works are results of a joint authorship, works for which Tobias Rehberger relies on others’ information and ideas.
The Montmartre, however, was considered a microcosm for artistic self-perception that first found literary expression in Henry Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de Bohème (1847–1849). The neighborhood soon attracted numerous artists who deliberately chose a bohemian life in impoverished circumstances on the margins of society – even though they often came from wealthy homes. Their new identity as voluntarily-involuntary outsiders was mirrored especially realistically and impressively in their art. The publication – by viewing the bohemian world on Montmartre from an art-sociological perspective and taking the social and historical contexts into account – clearly reveals how remarkably the myth and legend of the quarter differed from its reality. ‘Esprit Montmartre’ shows the true life of its inhabitants far from the usual clichés. The artists’ works are moving, sensual, and rousing, and their subjects and pictorial ideas, materials, and stylistic solutions essentially anticipated the artistic developments of Modernism.
GÉRICAULT: IMAGES OF LIFE AND DEATH
A radical observant vision of modern man
The short-lived painter Théodore Géricault (1791–1824)was one of the great masters of nineteenth-century French painting, and is considered a forerunner of French Romanticism.
Géricault’s pictures exude an almost ebullient force of life, which always stands with one foot next to the abyss. The catalog focuses on two of the French artist’s core thematic complexes: the physical suffering of modern man, most impressively expressed in his pictures of severed heads and limbs linking life and death, and his psychic torments, masterfully illustrated in Géricault’s portraits of monomaniacs. In a focused overview these two groups of works are placed in the context of his œuvre as well as in the art of his time, thus shedding new light on Géricault’s intellectual assumptions and his connection to the history of medicine and illustrating the reciprocal relationship between art and science.
The works by Géricault are thus juxtaposed with works by Francisco de Goya, Eugène Delacroix, and Adolph Menzel. Situated midway between the unsentimental perspective of science and the Romantic fondness for the unfathomable, Géricault’s profoundly human pictures call into question our traditional understanding of realism and Romanticism as mutually exclusive styles of his epoch.
PHILIP-LORCA DICORCIA. PHOTOGRAPHS 1975–2012
One star on the American photography scene
US photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia (* 1951) is one of the most important and influential contemporary photographers. His images oscillate between everyday elements and arrangements that are staged down to the smallest detail. In his works, seemingly realistic images that are taken with an ostensibly documentary eye are undermined by their highly elaborate orchestration. One of the primary issues that diCorcia addresses is the question of whether it is possible to depict reality, and this is what links his photographs, most of which he creates as series. For Hustlers(1990–1992), for example, he took pictures of male prostitutes in meticulously staged settings, while in what is probably his most famous series, Heads (2000–2001), he captured an instant in the everyday lives of unsuspecting passers-by. Alongside the series Streetwork (1993–1999), Lucky 13 (2004) and A Storybook Life(1975–1999), the catalogue also present works from his new and ongoing East of Eden (2008–) project for the first time.
GLAM! THE PERFORMANCE OF STYLE
The time between 1970 and 1975 is one of those rare historical periods in which a certain style spread throughout all cultural fields, from fashion, art, film, and photography to pop music. The congenial amalgamation of pop and fine art was uncompromisingly realized by Roxy Music, a band centred on the two art college graduates Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno in 1971: from its music and the design of its covers to its costumes for the stage, the brash gesamtkunstwerk as which Roxy Music presented itself was charged by cool and precise design solutions, chic eroticism, and an aesthetic sensibility that took surfaces, codes, and signs from the more and less recent past as styles to be applied, freely sampled, and remixed: Glam was born! Whenever you closed the door of your home, you made an appearance for which you wanted to look wild and fantastic: whether you preferred platform shoes, a sequined tiger print jacket, a glitter costume, eye shadow, or tight black leather trousers - style became a pose, an expression of exaggerated dramatic self-presentation.
PRIVAT / PRIVACY
The radical dissolution of the private sphere and the path into a post-private society reflected in art
Privacy – today this almost seems like a concept from the past. It hardly appears apt in times when everything is posted on Facebook, from your favorite recipe to your current relationship status. Exhibitionism, self-revelation, the urge to tell stories, the pleasure of presenting and voyeurism are the social strategies of our day and age – a structural change of the public sphere has long since taken place. The exhibition catalogue “Privacy” impressively explores the fragile boundaries between the public and the private sphere. Photographs, polaroids, cell-phone photos, objects, installations and films show domestic scenes and reveal personal secrets.
Artists: Ai Weiwei, Merry Alpern, Michel Auder, Evan Baden, Richard Billingham, Mike Bouchet, Stan Brakhage, Sophie Calle, Tracey Emin, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Leo Gabin, Nan Goldin, Christian Jankowski, Jenny Michel and Michael Höpfel, Birgit Jürgenssen, Edgar Leciejewski, Leigh Ledare, Christian Marclay, Ryan McGinley, Marilyn Minter, Gabriel de la Mora, Mark Morrisroe, Laurel Nakadate, Peter Piller, Jörg Sasse, Dash Snow, Fiona Tan, Mark Wallinger, Andy Warhol, Michael Wolf, Kōhei Yoshiyuki, Akram Zaatari
GUSTAVE CAILLEBOTTE. AN IMPRESSIONIST AND PHOTOGRAPHY
An unique position among the group of Impressionists. Overview of Caillebotte’s art and of the concurrent evolution of photography from its infancy to the avant-garde of the New Vision
Caillebotte’s radical, precisely conceived compositions and highly modern, and photographic depictions reveal unconventional perspectives within the context of Impressionist art. The new medium of photography played an important role in the development of his pictorial inventions. Caillebotte’s pictorial worlds bear witness to a close relationship between photography and painting in the development of the New Vision. Many of his paintings and drawings refl ect formally similar images found in the medium of photography, the aesthetics of which are clearly echoed in Caillebotte’s compositions.
JEFF KOONS. THE PAINTER & THE SCULPTOR
Consumer world and “high culture”, beauty and desirability. Jeff Koons is the unequalled master of the interplay between the banal and the sublime.
Loud, fanciful, without respect - the provocative art of Jeff Koons (*1955) leaves no one cold. Koons is skilled at manipulating the media, exploding the boundaries of all genres with his appropriations from Pop Art and popular culture, and playing the keyboard of the art market like no other. Collectors scramble for his large paintings and colossal, stainless steel balloon animals. Yet, in his eye-poppingly colorful, immaculately perfect works Koons also exposes the seductive potential of the glittering world of commodities; his art works are amusing and thought-provoking at the same time. The American artist’s once controversial work has now been recognized for its prescience.
This publication presents his oeuvre in two volumes: Koons’ paintings from all of the artist’s creative phases form the core of the first volume. His sculptures are the focal point of the second volume, in which objects from the Liebieghaus collection, stemming from five thousand years of cultural history, are set in a dialogue with his works.
MICHAEL RIEDEL. KUNSTE ZUR TEXT.
Riedel records, copies and repeats – and combines the material to create austere and ironic works.
In his conceptual practice, Michael Riedel (*1972) relies on a wide variety of media and formats from works on canvas, film, video, and audio recordings to artist’s books, posters, installations, and events depending on the reference point of the work and the degree of its media transformation. He uses the strategy of recording, labeling, and playback. In Riedel’s work, a recording is by no means a one-to-one reproduction of a club evening or reading, but a copy containing all the recording equipment’s fluctuations in quality, all technical flaws. Rather than showing the mere achievement of the translation – such as of a given text into a new text – Michael Riedel’s works reveal the possibilities provided by often just minimal interventions into the extant material. The resultant works frequently serve as starting points for new ones. The catalogue is the first overview of his work.
BETTINA POUSTTCHI. FRAMEWORK
Art and the question of how to approach urban space while at the same time exploring the temporal dimension of architecture.
In her works Bettina Pousttchi (born 1971) reflects on the urban and social changes that mark our times. Her photographs, films, sculptures and installations enable us to experience these fundamental changes to the urban fabric. The spectacular site-specific interventions with which Bettina Pousttchi makes public spaces and buildings the objects of her works are the logical continuation of the artist’s artistic investigation of urban space. Bettina Pousttchi became known to a wider audience with her monumental site-specific photo installation Echo on Schlossplatz in Berlin (2009-2010). This catalog illustrates her recent installation Framework, commissioned by Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, and gives a comprehensive survey of the artist´s oeuvre - including photography, sculpture, and video of the last ten years.
GEORGE CONDO. MENTAL STATES
Paintings characterized by mordant humor, surrealist-tinged absurdity and exuberant pathos.
The catalogue ‘George Condo. Mental States’ pictures the distinctive body of work of the American artist Condo has produced since the early 1980s. His artistic style combines mercilessly the beautiful and the grotesque, seriousness and absurdity. Thereby he is ironic, provocative and witty. Skillfully drawing on the pictorial language of past centuries, Condo incorporates a variety of painterly and pictorial styles into his work. One focus is on his imaginary portraits – archetypes, evoking different mental states, which unsparingly exposes the yawning abysses and ridiculousness of modern society.
EDVARD MUNCH. DER MODERNE BLICK
The catalogue foregrounds the little researched late works and Munch's engagement with modern recording techniques such as photography and film.
“Edvard Munch. Der moderne Blick” foregrounds the little researched late works of the artist, proving that Edvard Munch (1863–1944) was as much as an artist of the 20th century as the 19th. The focus is on the artist’s interest in the modern representational techniques of his time, such as photography and film. His works reveal the extent to which he adopted specifically photographic or filmic forms of composition and narration, poses, or even effects, in his paintings. The volume furthermore demonstrates how Munch worked on one and the same subject in different media of painting, drawing, graphic arts, photography, and even sculpture. His frequent return to previously rendered motifs is a crucial key to the understanding of Munch’s work.
EDVARD MUNCH - ART TO HEAR
The audio book for the Munch exhibition
This volume in the series Art to Hear is the first book to focus on the artist’s interest in the modern representational techniques of his time, such as photography, film, illustrated magazines, and stage design. The publication proves how his paintings took on specific structural and narrative forms, poses, and even effects used in photography and film. The volume furthermore demonstrates how Munch worked on one and the same subject in painting, print, drawing, photography, and even sculpture. His frequent use of the same motifs is an important key to understanding his work.
KIENHOLZ. THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES
The catalog provides an introduction to the most important themes in the oeuvre of the Kienholzes and sheds light on the complex process of creating their works.
Rebellious, provocative, and polarizing, the oeuvre associated with the name Kienholz has always caused quite a stir since its beginnings in the mid-1950s, first the works by Edward Kienholz (1927–1994) alone, then later, from 1972 on, the collaborative projects with his wife, Nancy Reddin Kienholz. This is hardly astonishing, since religion, war, death, sex, and the more inscrutable sides of society and its social conflicts have always been at the center of their work. The Schirn’s exhibition offers a complex overview of the essence of their oeuvre, from the early small-format three-dimensional works by way of conceptual works to tableaux that fill an entire room.
The extensive, richly illustrated exhibition catalog places particular attention on the visual documentation of how the works shown were created; large-format illustrations are supplemented by numerous photographs from Nancy Reddin Kienholz’s archive, some of which are being published for the first time. In addition to three scholarly essays and an interview with the artists, shorter texts provide an introduction to the main works in the exhibition.
GABRÍELA FRIÐRIKSDÓTTIR. CREPUSCULUM
The publication shows the whole work complex of Gabríela Friðriksdóttir for the first time. Among exemplifying texts there are views from previous works as well as from the current 'Crepusculum'.
Gabríela Friðriksdóttir approach is characterized by the use of a variety of media: drawings, paintings, photographs, and sculptures figure as prominently as installations, performances, and video films. In her works Friðriksdóttir assembles various cultural, religious, and psychological elements to unfold a unique aesthetic canon of signs, forms, and meanings. This becomes particularly evident in her films, whose surreal scenarios, abandoning all traditional patterns of narrative, confront the viewer with wondrous worlds in which dream images mingle with stories from Norse mythology and references to sexual psychology. For her films, Friðriksdóttir has repeatedly collaborated with the Icelandic pop star Björk. For the Schirn, Gabríela Friðriksdóttir has conceived a room entitled “Crepusculum” (dusk, twilight) in which medieval Icelandic manuscripts are combined with the artist’s mysterious system of signs and a new film production to create a mystical landscape.
HARIS EPAMINONDA. CHRONICLES
Epaminonda’s work questions aspects of time, motion, stillness, as well as of representation and presentation.
Haris Epaminonda’s work is essentially determined by the collage technique which she has extended by combining pictures, films, photographs, sculptures, earthenware vessels, pieces of woodwork, Chinese porcelain, antique figures, and other found objects from a wide range of sources to complex installations. Epaminonda deliberately avoids all references to her objects’ date and place of provenance and meaning. The viewer is rather thrown back upon himself and his own associations. Epaminonda’s work questions aspects of time, motion, stillness, as well as of representation and presentation.
ERRÓ. PORTRAIT AND LANDSCAPE
Erró ranks among the great solitary figures of twentieth-century art. The publication helps to implement his unmistakable oeuvre and presents the two work groups “Scapes” and “The Monsters”.
Erró ranks among the great solitary figures of twentieth-century art. At once pop and baroque, eye-catching and narrative, critical of society and humorous, moral and inscrutable, he has produced an opulent, unmistakable oeuvre refusing all categorization in the course of the past fifty years. Combining pictorial elements from a wide variety of popular sources reproduced in painting, his critical narrative collages unfold eloquent tableaus: reflecting essential social issues such as politics, war, science, art, and sexuality, Erró’s dense visual arrangements seem to be aimed at assembling a comprehensive atlas of images of the modern world. The publication presents the artist’s series of landscapes “Scapes” and – for the first time – his entire series of portraits “The Monsters” from 1967/68. Linking the two work groups, selected films by Erró from the 1960s will be screened.
Secret societies—a somewhat intriguing theme in art context. The publication helps to implement the theme and presents correlations.
Secret societies—for centuries a fascinating and intimidating byword for structurally complex conspiratorial organisations. At first glance, secret societies would appear to be a somewhat intriguing theme in art context. Yet with their arcane rituals, their secret knowledge and exclusive membership, they do indeed reflect certain mechanisms present in contemporary art, and conversely, artists focus repeatedly upon the secret society phenomenon and its concomitant rituals. The supposition alone that secret societies are connected to all areas of society and have the capacity to influence it imperceptibly, secretly, is reason enough for artistic engagement. For this reason, this publication questions the possible motivations that the art world might have in common with arcane, clandestine movements, that
is to say, which ideas here might be predicated upon mutual ground.
FRANCESCO CLEMENTE. PALIMPSEST
The catalogue includes not just large format paintings but also more recent, spectacular monumental watercolors.
Francesco Clemente has pioneered an extraordinary pictorial language that draws on a variety of timeless symbols, myths, cultures, and philosophies. The variety of mediums which he employs and the subject matter of his work is deeply informed by Clemente’s nomadic artistic life. The catalogue brings to light for the first time the close resemblance of Clemente’s aesthetic to the manner in which references are actualized in a palimpsest: effacement, partial erasure, and superimposition of writing surfaces. In so doing it reveals a concern at the centre of his oeuvre: Clemente’s conviction in his role as an artist as a kind of universal witness of consciousness.
Taking as its starting point Clemente’s early works on paper, the catalogue includes not just large format paintings but also more recent, spectacular monumental watercolors.
EUGEN SCHÖNBECK 1957-1967
This book is the first catalogue raisonné to bring together all the surviving canvases of Eugen Schönebeck.
This book is the first catalogue raisonné to bring together all the surviving canvases of Eugen Schönebeck. It also incluses around 40 of the artist’s works on paper. This complete retrospective of Schönebeck’s work includes an extensive biography based on personal conversations that establish his position in the context of the socio-political events of post-war Germany. It will help Schönebeck reclaim his rightful place in contemporary art history.
SURREAL OBJECTS. THREE-DIMENSIONAL WORKS FROM DALÍ TO MAN RAY
The first monograph to focus on the three-dimensional works by the Surrealists
This is the first comprehensive publication to focus exclusively on the Surrealists’ three-dimensional works—about 180 of them in all. From today’s perspective, many of them seem surprisingly fresh and contemporary, not at all like historical artifacts. The selection presents more than fifty artists of the Surrealist period, including familiar names such as Duchamp, Magritte, Dalí, Picasso, and Man Ray, but also many other artists whose striking works are yet to be discovered by a wider public.
EN PASSANT is the title of an installation, developed by artist group et al. especially for the show Surreal Objects at the Schirn. Clearly documented in this publication is the respective ‘making of’ and the direct reference to relevant historical sourc
EN PASSANT is the title of this expansive installation filling the entire room with over forty sculptures, developed by artist group et al.* especially for the show Surreal Objects at the Schirn. Clearly documented in this publication a fundamental component of the work by et al.* is, on the one hand, the respective ‘making of’, and on the other hand, the direct reference to relevant historical sources and events. EN PASSANT is a self-contained independent work as well as an idiosyncratic commentary regarding the artistic conception and exhibition practice of the surrealists. They deliberately shifted the boundaries between exhibition and event space, and left the viewer in the dark as to whether the object they were physically confronted with was a work of art or an object of daily use, to be touched and altered. The work of artist group et al.*, whose members are from Germany, Sweden, France and the USA, equally appeals to all senses. The visitors experience an atmosphere of keen anticipation of what they might encounter within the historic exhibition of surreal objects.
COURBET. A DREAM OF MODERN ART
The catalogue presents the "other" Courbet focussing on his contemplative, meditative, inward-looking world.
Gustave Courbet (1819–1877) is the preeminent representative of Realism and the spearhead of a style of painting committed to socially relevant issues. His lifelike portraits defy the artistic convention of idealization. The painter had another side, however: in his portraits, landscapes, drawings, and still lifes, he depicted a contemplative, meditative, inward-looking world, which stood in stark contrast to the fast-paced industrialization of the period.
ART TO HEAR: COURBET. A DREAM OF MODERN ART
The audio book for the Courbet exhibition.
The audio book for the Courbet exhibition introduces this “other” Courbet, one who, inspired by German Romanticism, succeeded in creating the vision of poetic modern art, as it was later refined not only by Cézanne and Picasso, but also by the Symbolists and Surrealists.
WORLD TRANSFORMERS. THE ART OF THE OUTSIDERS
Reality, fantasy, and utopia beyond the everyday
Ranging from the nineteenth century to the present day, the catalogue arrestingly presents the individual worlds of the artists: one is plunged into the romantic dream worlds of Aloïse, into the precise mathematical utopias of George Widener, or into the Ewigkeitenendeland (End-of-Eternities Land) of August Walla. The works direct our gaze toward the more opaque paths of thought and occasion us to fundamentally question the structures of certainty in our day-to-day lives.
BARBARA KRUGER. CIRCUS
Barbara Kruger's use of large, ostentatious lettering turns characters into images, makes language and meaning perceivable in a spatial manner.
In Barbara Kruger’s installation “Circus” developed for the Rotunda of the Schirn in 2010, black and white words and sentences cover all its walls, its floor, and its ceiling, creating an overwhelming impression for the viewer. “I work with pictures and words because they have the ability to determine who we are and who we aren’t,” says the American conceptual artist. The use of large, ostentatious lettering turns characters into images, makes language and meaning perceivable in a spatial manner.
MIKE BOUCHET. NEW LIVING
The catalogue shows the new sculpture by Mike Bouchet titled "Sir Walter Scott".
At the 2009 Venice Biennale, the artist showed Watershed, a single-family house, which he floated in a Venice canal in an attempt to promote the suburbanization of water. For the Schirn, Watershed was cut into pieces. The transformed house is a new sculpture titled Sir Walter Scott which physical components are used as material for an examination of the physical and psychological dimensions of contemporary suburban architecture.
CELLULOID. CAMERALESS FILM
The exhibition catalogue contains outstanding examples of cameraless film from the 1930s to the present day.
Celluloid is dedicated to a particular genre of artistic film, in which the image is generated directly, by physically processing the film strip. Unlike other forms of experimental film, the film material is interpreted as if it were a canvas by using a diverse range of artistic processes. The exhibition catalogue contains outstanding examples of cameraless film and features approximately 20 international artists and filmmakers from the 1930s to the present day.
UWE LAUSEN. ALL'S FINE THAT ENDS FINE
The fortieth anniversary of the death of Lausen is commemorated by the appearance of a catalogue in which his passionate oeuvre can be rediscovered.
Within the space of just nine years painter Uwe Lausen assimilated styles such as Pop Art and Hyperrealism in a highly individual way while reflecting unsparingly on the authoritarian social structures of postwar Germany. The fortieth anniversary of the death of Lausen, a self-taught artist who took his own life at just twenty-nine years of age, is commemorated by the appearance of two publications: a catalogue in which his passionate and—from today’s perspective—extremely topical oeuvre can be rediscovered, and the artist’s collection of aphorisms, HERE AND NOW (1967).
GEORGES SEURAT. FIGURE IN SPACE
“Figure in space” illustrates the tremendous innovations in Seurat’s paintings and drawings.
“Figure in space” illustrates the tremendous innovations in Seurat’s paintings and drawings: the artist’s dense weave of pencil strokes cover the paper, making his indeterminate, floating motifs either stand out or disappear, while distinct light and dark contrasts surround and accentuate the figures. In his paintings, Seurat transposed his subjects into his technique, Pointillism, as well as into his innovative compositions. In later pieces, he even repeated and varied human forms within a single work.
GEORGES SEURAT. ART TO HEAR
The audio book for the Seurat exhibition examines the inventor of pointillism’s unusual work.
The audio book for the Seurat exhibition uses about thirty illustrations and accompanying commentary to examine the inventor of pointillism’s unusual work, as well as his brief, tragically ended life.
EBERHARD HAVEKOST. RETINA
„Retina“ zeigt eine Werkgruppe mit neunzehn Arbeiten von Eberhard Havekost.
"Retina" shows a group of works with nineteen previously un-exhibited works from the last twelve months. The title was inspired by a series of six oil paintings that deal with the optical perception of the representational world and its abstraction. The works form a visible caesura in the artist's oeuvre through the almost complete absence of representational references.
LÁSZLÓ MOHOLY-NAGY. RETROSPECTIVE
This volume features 170 works from all phases of Moholy-Nagy’s career.
A leading proponent of the Bauhaus School, László Moholy-Nagy strove to apply artistic principles to every aspect of daily life. This volume features 170 works from all phases of Moholy-Nagy’s career. Essays on his involvement with the Bauhaus School; his late paintings; his photographs, photograms, and photosculptures; and his accomplishments in the field of graphic art are complemented by numerous color illustrations. The publication also documents the reconstruction of a never completed work, The Room of Today, which incorporates the most important themes Moholy-Nagy brought to his art.
ART FOR THE MILLIONS. 100 SCULPTURES FROM THE MAO ERA
This publication is a detailed examination of both the production and reception of the one-of-a-kind Chinese work of art.
The sculptural group “Rent Collection Courtyard”—consisting of more than one hundred life-size figures and first created in 1965 by teachers and graduates from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing—is among the most important works of modern Chinese art history and is deeply ingrained in the Chinese collective consciousness. This publication is a detailed examination of both the production and reception of this one-of-a-kind work of art, which also aroused interest outside China.
THE MAKING OF ART
In a time of upheaval this publication offers a look behind the scenes of the contemporary art world.
These days people love art—especially contemporary art, which has become a constantly growing cultural factor. Fascinated by the artists' creative milieu, the public strives to share in its atmosphere. In a time of upheaval this publication offers a look behind the scenes of the contemporary art world. Many artists keep an eye on what happens in the art world and reflect the more and more lavish trade: from the creative process and the mounting of an exhibition to the rituals of the scene.
ALEKSANDRA MIR. TRIUMPH
Aleksandra Mir is interested in the trophy, an object whose history reaches back to our distant cultural past.
It is in a Sicilian daily newspaper, where Aleksandra Mir's project Triumph had its start-in the form of a want ad run by the artist herself. She was interested in the trophy, an object whose history reaches back to our distant cultural past and which today, awarded chiefly at sporting events, is among the everyday items of our society. More than 2500 trophies were collected. Although the trophies are contemporary mass-produced articles, each one is individualized by means of an engraving and tells a personal story.
DARWIN. ART AND THE SEARCH FOR ORIGINS
This publication focuses on the influence of Darwinism in the visual arts.
Charles Darwin’s epoch-making work On the Origin of Species revolutionized the science of biology, led to heated debates among scientists all over the world, and to confusion among the public at large. This publication focuses on the influence of Darwinism in the visual arts. Using 150 paintings, drawings and lithographs, as well as rare documentary material as illustration, the book bridges a chronological spectrum from 1859 to the mid-twentieth century.
E.W. NAY. WORKS FROM THE 1960S
This publication focuses on the artist’s works from the 1960s.
The innovative late work of Ernst Wilhelm Nay is one of the lesser-known chapters in his substantial oeuvre. This publication focuses on the artist’s works from the 1960s, beginning with the three “Eye Pictures” that Arnold Bode spectacularly hung from the ceiling at documenta III in 1964. Until his death in 1968, Nay created a completely new group of paintings whose clarity and reduction seem to anticipate trends in today’s art.
RENÉ MAGRITTE 1948. LA PÉRIODE VACHE
In his "période vache", René Magritte made a group of paintings and gouaches distinctly different from the rest of his work.
In his période vache (1948), René Magritte made a group of paintings and gouaches distinctly different from the rest of his work. Relying on a new, fast and aggressive style of painting—particularly inspired by popular sources such as caricatures and comics, but also with stylistic quotations from artists like James Ensor or Henri Matisse—Magritte, within only a few weeks, produced about thirty entirely uncharacteristic works that caused an outrage in Paris. For this reason he reflected his own work and painting in general.
Presenting 50 paintings and a group of works on paper, the publication offers a comprehensive overview of the artist’s achievements in the past twenty years.
Peter Doig is regarded as one of today’s most crucial and internationally influential artists. Presenting 50 paintings and a group of works on paper, the publication offers a comprehensive overview of the artist’s achievements in the past twenty years. Though Doig’s pictures relate to the history of painting on the one hand, they are firmly anchored in present-day life on the other. Memories, biographical moments, popular pictures, and narrated stories congeal to form dreamlike sequences in his paintings whose peace seems to be a very precarious one.
TOTAL ENLIGHTENMENT. CONCEPTUAL ART IN MOSCOW 1960–1990
This publication is devoted to the Conceptual Art movement in Russia of the late and post-Soviet period.
This comprehensive publication is devoted to the Conceptual Art movement in Russia, still relatively unknown in the West, of the late and post-Soviet period. Like their contemporaries in the West toward the end of the sixties, Conceptual artists in Moscow reflected on the existential experience of being part of a political concept. In a radical departure from the romantic image of the autonomous artistic genius, the viewer is included in the art; processes of production and conditions of reception are exposed
TERENCE KOH. CAPTAIN BUDDHA
The publication invites to accompany Koh on a journey through a labyrinth which is to take him through the world into the nirvana on his search for himself.
With his spectacular performances and intense installations, Terence Koh has become a widely noticed gesamtkunstwerk within only a short time. Unlike any other artist, Koh knows how to transfer post-minimalist and body art influences of the seventies into a universe of his own in which decadence and deliberate infringement prevail. The publication invites to accompany Koh on a journey through a labyrinth which is to take him through the world – India, China, Burma, Belgium, Africa – into the nirvana on his search for himself.
MICHAEL SAILSTORFER. 10 000 STONES
Michael Sailstorfer's works soon reveal his interest in everyday things and the materials of his immediate surroundings.
Transformations, contextual shifts, spatial appropriations - Michael Sailstorfer's works soon reveal his interest in everyday things and the materials of his immediate surroundings, as well as his casual fascination with these objects' specific identity and history. Sailstorfer really takes care of these items, breaks them down into their component parts, deforms them, adapts them, and assembles them again, reinterpreting them to create powerful installations.
This exhibition uses the example of four women painters to present the feminine contribution to the Impressionist movement.
There were quite a number of professional female artists in the second half of the nineteenth century: The works by Berthe Morisot, a central figure in the Impressionist movement; Mary Cassatt, a very independent artist and a respected colleague of Degas’s; Eva Gonzalès, one of Manet’s most talented pupils; and Marie Bracquemond, whose small oeuvre is of the highest quality—reflect their various lives and experiences as women. This publication contains many unfamiliar and surprising images, waiting to be discovered.
MEISTERINNEN DES LICHTS
Four stories about the female impressionists Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Eva Gonzalès, and Marie Bracquemond.
The exceptional paintings of Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Eva Gonzalès, and Marie Bracquemond, moved four celebrated female authors to compose fascinating and empathetic short stories based on the women’s experiences. They absorb us into the lives and minds of these artists—the pioneers of a new and dynamic view of women.
ALL INCLUSIVE. A TOURIST WORLD
The publication presents numerous works depicting and critically questioning various tourist phenomena.
EVA GRUBINGER. SPARTACUS
The often expansive installations of Eva Grubinger treat power and impotence and the role of the observer.
The often expansive installations of Eva Grubinger treat power and impotence and the role of the observer. Her most recent installations are formal abstractions of complex forms of social communication. In its totality, the work reads like a manifestation of political and economic power whose mechanisms become almost tangible by means of allegorical compression.
ART MACHINES. MACHINE ART
Beginning with Jean Tinguely’s drawing machines of the 1950s, the book presents art machines from various contexts right up to the present.
TURNER HUGO MOREAU
The book draws attention to two traditions: first, artists’ fascination with spots or images produced by chance; second, reflection on the effect of lines, colors, and compositions in painting.
A.R. PENCK RETROSPECTIVE
Hardly any German artist did as much as A.R. Penck to revive painting in Germany.
JOHN BOCK. FILMS
This publication is the first to concentrate on John Bock’s genuinely cinematic works.
AS IN A DREAM. ODILON REDON
This publication offers a survey of the French Symbolist’s oeuvre.
ANONYM - IN THE FUTURE NO ONE WILL BE FAMOUS
This publication presents works by 11 international artists who will remain "anonymous.
With its presentation of the project "Anonymous", the Schirn investigates current exhibition practices and their economy of data and names.Under the programmatic title "Anonymous: In the Future No One Will Be Famous", the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt presents an exhibition with works by 11 international artists who - like the curator - will remain unnamed. In their Notes toward a Manifesto, the initiators of the exhibition proclaim: "Anonymous artists wish to wriggle the status quo into a status incognitus. Their aim is to remove the increasing barbarization of thought via short circuits and fast lanes created by the marketing of artists as brands whose works have become masterpieces in ignorance of philosophy." Unlike other manifestations of anonymity in the current contemporary art scene - where artists take on pseudonyms - this exhibition is unique in gathering a group of artists who have put themselves undercover for a certain period of time (vaguely stated as "until the expiration date has been reached").
PICASSO UND DAS THEATER
The publication shows how passionately Picasso was attached to the theater.
I LIKE AMERICA - FICTIONS OF THE WILD WEST
This publication explores for the first time the motivations behind the German enthusiasm for the American West.
Stillness, emptiness, silence – the pause, the gap, the omission are increasingly significant in today’s society of images.
THE CONQUEST OF THE STREET. FROM MONET TO GROSZ
The publication unfolds a vast panorama of social, mainly bourgeois life in the two metropolises Paris and Berlin.
THE YOUTH OF TODAY
The publication outlines the influences of youth culture on the society’s aesthetic and political realms.
MAX BECKMANN. THE WATERCOLORS AND PASTELS
The publication reveals Max Beckmann as a “painter on paper”, a facet that has been little appreciated.
The catalogue represents key works from all phases of James Ensor's production.
SUMMER OF LOVE
The book highlights the unparalleled connection between contemporary art and popular culture, the advertising culture and the pictorial language of the political protests of the 1960s and early 1970s.
The publication sheds light on the relationship between the drawings and sculptures by Joseph Beuys and Auguste Rodin.
IDEAL WORLDS. NEW ROMANTICISM IN CONTEMPORARY ART
This publication reveals the work of young contemporary artists who are reviving the concepts of Romanticism in their work.
RELIGION MACHT KUNST. DIE NAZARENER
The book uses the example of the artists’ movement of the Nazarenes to explore the concepts, phenomena, and strategies of modernity.
THE NAKED TRUTH. KLIMT, SCHIELE, KOKOSCHKA, AND OTHER SCANDALS
The catalogue presents the Austrian art of the beginning 20th century beyond all fin de siècle romanticism in its uncompromising modernity.
CARSTEN NICOLAI. ANTI REFLEX
Carsten Nicolai's installations radiate a minimalist aesthetics that captivates the viewer with its elegance, simplicity, and emphasis on technology.
YVES KLEIN MACHT BLAU
Artbook for Children.
MIT DER TEMPOSCHNECKE DURCH DAS REGENBOGENLAND
Book for children paralleling the exhibition "Art - A Child's Play".
The book for children paralleling the exhibition "Art - A Child's Play" - A tale by Rudi Gerharz.
LIFE, LOVE, AND DEATH: THE WORK OF JAMES LEE BYARS
A comprehensive critical retrospective to the great “magician of silence” James Lee Byars.
The publication reflects and documents the films of the artists Doug Aitken, Jonas Åkerlund, Hubbard/Birchler, Isaac Julien, Sarah Morris, Philippe Parreno, RothStauffenberg, Anri Sala, Markus Schinwald, and Yang Fudong.
The comprehensive publication includes more than 100 works from all periods of his work.
ART – A CHILD’S PLAY
The catalogue offers a survey of the fascinating world of art for children.
JULIAN SCHNABEL. PAINTINGS 1978–2003
The publication presents a survey of Schnabel’s many-faceted oeuvre of the last twenty-five years.
JONATHAN MEESE. KÉPI BLANC, NACKT
The publication introduces into Jonathan Meese's universe of art.
DREAM FACTORY COMMUNISM
The book explores the universe of Soviet art under Stalin’s regime which is still only little known in the West.
PAUL KLEE: 1933
The book presents drawings in which Klee relies on parody as his instrument for committing his extraordinarily complex and passionate reactions to the Nazi regime.
AT YOUR OWN RISK
The book highlights a particular form of art which, having emerged in the 1990s, examines the part of the viewer turned user.
VISIONS AND UTOPIAS - ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS FROM THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK
The catalogue outlines the art of architectural drawing by presenting a number of extraordinary works from the collection of the MoMA, New York
VISIONS AND UTOPIAS
An introduction to the exhibition for ages 12 and up
This reader presents the most-known archictects from the exhibition, biographic data, famous buildings and information about their projects.