Une Idée, une Forme, un Être - Poésie / Politique du corporel

 

The exhibition unites works by eight international contemporary artists as well as by Alina Szapocznikow (1926–1973). The material qualities of these works are distinguished by their close contact with, or derivation from, the human body. In contradistinction to the mechanisms of visual shock in 1980s and 1990s Abject art, where corporeality was a central theme, the use of these materials can here be described as subject to rigorous formal aesthetic reduction. The result is a tension between the object’s reduced form and the energy it is endowed with by the absent body. The renewed interest in how to transmit corporeality in works of art, in the ‘imprints of the human,’ opens art-historical, sociopolitical, but also poetic perspectives on art.

In the history of Western art, the human body and its ‘traces’ have long been a central topic—as an object of anatomical examination, for instance, or as a body of meaning to be venerated in the relic. To this day, the discourse around relics—be they body parts of a saint, his or her possessions, or objects that have been in contact with other relics—and the related discourse of the vera icon (the ‘true image’) play an important role in Catholicism, but also in Buddhism. The works included in the exhibition draw on these discourses, among other sources, taking them further toward an ‘anthropology of the image’ (Hans Belting). Unlike the vera icon, however, which is an object of veneration, the works shown in the exhibition are distinguished by their Janus-like character, permitting of a double reading: a sociopolitical one, but a poetic one as well. This double reading is made possible by an excess in the reduction of signification taking place on the formal-aesthetic level. In the simplicity of their gesture, the works refer to a conceptual-minimalist strategy while being charged with history. The concepts of the readymade and the objet trouvé likewise play an important role for the artists included in the exhibition. Their works can be read as repositories of knowledge, vessels of memory, or as performative works of art that also take up the idea of the contact relic in the classical sense.

 

Curated by Raphael Gygax

List of works

Regina José Galindo: La Conquista

Regina José Galindo

La Conquista
2009
Wig made from human hair, paint, wood
2 parts: Dimensions variable

Teresa Margolles: 127 cuerpos / 127 bodies

Teresa Margolles

127 cuerpos / 127 bodies
2007
Thread (Remnants of threads used after the autopsy to sew up bodies of persons who have suffered a violent death. Each thread represents a body.)
Length: 1240 cm

Gianni Motti: Belgium Landing (First Step in Belgium)

Gianni Motti

Belgium Landing (First Step in Belgium)
2010
Bronze
17 x 56 x 56 cm

Gianni Motti: Mani Pulite

Gianni Motti

Mani Pulite
2005
Sodium hydroxide, Silvio Berlusconi's fat (gained from liposuction)
1.8 x 8.2 x 4.9 cm

Eftihis Patsourakis: Curtain 3

Eftihis Patsourakis

Curtain 3
2009
Spray on semi-transparent album paper, plexiglass
16 parts: 25.5 x 26 x 4.5 cm each

Pamela Rosenkranz

More Core (Aspire It)
2010
50 x 40 cm

Pamela Rosenkranz

More Core (Cover Your Blemishes)
2010
Photogram
50 x 40 cm

Pamela Rosenkranz

More Core (Energize Yourself)
2010
Photogram
50 x 40 cm

Pamela Rosenkranz

More Core (Forget Weariness)
2010
Photogram
50 x 40 cm

Pamela Rosenkranz

More Core (Fresh Power)
2010
Photogram
50 x 40 cm

Pamela Rosenkranz

More Core (Happy Concentration)
2010
Photogram
50 x 40 cm

Pamela Rosenkranz

More Core (Joyful Continuation)
2010
Photogram
50 x 40 cm

Pamela Rosenkranz

More Core (No Future 1)
2010
Photogram
50 x 40 cm

Pamela Rosenkranz

More Core (No Future 2)
2010
Photogram
50 x 40 cm

Pamela Rosenkranz

More Core (Protection Maze)
2010
Photogram
50 x 40 cm

Pamela Rosenkranz

More Core (Sound Head, Sound Mind)
2010
Photogram
50 x 40 cm

Pamela Rosenkranz: More Core (Stay Alife)

Pamela Rosenkranz

More Core (Stay Alife)
2010
Photogram
50 x 40 cm

Pamela Rosenkranz

More Core (Stay Awake)
2010
Photogram
50 x 40 cm

Pamela Rosenkranz: I Almost Forgot that ASICS Means Anima Sana in Corpore Sano

Pamela Rosenkranz

I Almost Forgot that ASICS Means Anima Sana in Corpore Sano
2007
Sneakers, plasster, silicone, pigments
Dimensions variable

Martin Soto Climent: Cascara de la memoria / Profundo perfume

Martin Soto Climent

Cascara de la memoria / Profundo perfume
2010
Shoes, tight
Ca. 10 x 27 x 22 cm

Martin Soto Climent: Corner Tight

Martin Soto Climent

Corner Tight
2010
Canvas, tights, shoes
120 x 40 x 57 cm

Martin Soto Climent: Delicioso veneno / Delicious poison

Martin Soto Climent

Delicioso veneno / Delicious poison
2010
Glass bottle, leather gloves
Ca. 42 x 7 x 7 cm

Martin Soto Climent: El placer de la semilla / The Pleasure of the Seed

Martin Soto Climent

El placer de la semilla / The Pleasure of the Seed
2010
Bra, T-Shirt
2 parts: 1 part ca. 12.5 x 16 x 10.5 cm; 1 part ca. 15 x 21.5 x 16.5 cm

Martin Soto Climent: Fold into the Night

Martin Soto Climent

Fold into the Night
2010
Slippers, screw clamp
2 parts: ca. 13 x 13 x 12 cm each

Martin Soto Climent: Nebulosa nuez / Cloudy Nut

Martin Soto Climent

Nebulosa nuez / Cloudy Nut
2010
Hat, foam fill
Ca. 22 x 22 x 21 cm

Martin Soto Climent: Dandy Inside the Dandy

Martin Soto Climent

Dandy Inside the Dandy
2009
Silverware cases
4 parts: Dimensions variable

Martin Soto Climent: Desire

Martin Soto Climent

Desire
2009
Spectacle cases, folded
3 parts: each ca. 8 x 10 x 8 cm

Martin Soto Climent: Secret

Martin Soto Climent

Secret
2009
Shoes, leather tape
20 x 17 x 11 cm

Loredana Sperini: Ohne Titel

Loredana Sperini

Ohne Titel
2010
Paint, glue, porcelain
20 x 10 x 5.5 cm

Loredana Sperini: Ohne Titel

Loredana Sperini

Ohne Titel
2010
Paint, glue, porcelain
17 x 7 x 7 cm

Loredana Sperini: Ohne Titel

Loredana Sperini

Ohne Titel
2010
Paint, glue, porcelain
6 x 15 x 5.5 cm

Loredana Sperini: Ohne Titel

Loredana Sperini

Ohne Titel
2010
Paint, glue, porcelain
18 x 13 x 7.5 cm

Loredana Sperini: Ohne Titel

Loredana Sperini

Ohne Titel
2010
Paint, glue, porcelain
18 x 9 x 7 cm

Loredana Sperini: Ohne Titel

Loredana Sperini

Ohne Titel
2010
Paint, glue, porcelain
13.5 x 7 x 5.5 cm

Loredana Sperini: Ohne Titel

Loredana Sperini

Ohne Titel
2010
Paint, glue, porcelain
17 x 13 x 6.5 cm

Loredana Sperini: Ohne Titel

Loredana Sperini

Ohne Titel
2007
Paint, glue, porcelain
28 x 14 x 12.5 cm

Loredana Sperini: Ohne Titel

Loredana Sperini

Ohne Titel
2007
Porcelain, paint
12 x 9 x 9 cm

Alina Szapocznikow: Cendrier d'ambiance

Alina Szapocznikow

Cendrier d'ambiance
1972
B/w photographs, contact sheet, letter
75 x 115 cm

Alina Szapocznikow: Photosculpture

Alina Szapocznikow

Photosculpture
1971/2007
B/w photograph
21 Teile: je 24 x 30 cm

Ai Weiwei: Colored Vases

Ai Weiwei

Colored Vases
2006
Neolithic vases (5000-3000 B.C.), industrial paint
8 Teile: Grösse variabel

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