When Humour Becomes Painful

 

From Dada to Fluxus, from Concept Art to the 90s generation, humour as a visual strategy and philosophical method in art has taken a central place. This exhibition attempts less to reveal the comic, the satire or the grotesque but rather art that applies itself directly to the mechanisms of humour.

 

Curated by Felicity Lunn and Heike Munder

List of works

Vito Acconci: Conversions I - III

Vito Acconci

Conversions I - III
1971
Single-channel video on monitor (Super 8-film on DVD, b/w, no sound, 3 parts)
65:30 min.

Alex Bag: The Van

Alex Bag

The Van
2001
Single-channel video projection (color, sound)
12:55 min.

Aidas Bareikis: Straight to the Top, I'll Take...

Aidas Bareikis

Straight to the Top, I'll Take...
2002/2003/2004
Various materials
Grösse variabel

Beagles & Ramsay

New Meat
2004
Single-channel video on monitor
4:40 min.

Joseph Beuys: Capri-Batterie

Joseph Beuys

Capri-Batterie
1985
Light bulb, lemon, connecting plug
Edition: 200 11.5 x 10 x 10 cm

Anna und Bernhard Blume: Küchenkoller

Anna und Bernhard Blume

Küchenkoller
1985
B/W photograph
10 parts: each 200 x 126 cm

John Bock: Bilanzgeraden

John Bock

Bilanzgeraden
2003
Single-channel video on monitor, 2 wooden blocks, wood print, textiles
Dimensions variable

Olaf Breuning: Easter Bunnies

Olaf Breuning

Easter Bunnies
2005
Color print on cover
Ca. 4 x 5 m

Olaf Breuning: Oh Boy, Canal Street Makes Me Insane!!!

Olaf Breuning

Oh Boy, Canal Street Makes Me Insane!!!
2005
Chinese kitchen utensil
75 x 50 x 65 cm

Jake & Dinos Chapman: CFC72337192.3 (The Chapman Family Collection)

Jake & Dinos Chapman

CFC72337192.3 (The Chapman Family Collection)
2002
Wood, paint, bast
126 x 40 x 25 cm

Jake & Dinos Chapman: CFC74812577.2 (The Chapman Family Collection)

Jake & Dinos Chapman

CFC74812577.2 (The Chapman Family Collection)
2002
Painted bronze, bast
120 x 27 x 15 cm

Jake & Dinos Chapman: CFC76249559.4 (The Chapman Family Collection)

Jake & Dinos Chapman

CFC76249559.4 (The Chapman Family Collection)
2002
Painted bronze
92 x 41 x 9 cm

Jake & Dinos Chapman: If you eat meat digest this

Jake & Dinos Chapman

If you eat meat digest this
2002
Etching (phototechnical reproduction, colored by hand)
23 parts: each 37 x 51.4 cm

Jan Fabre: Een Ontmoeting/Vstrecha

Jan Fabre

Een Ontmoeting/Vstrecha
1997
Single-channel-video projected (16 mm film transferred to DVD)
35 min.

Hans-Peter Feldmann: Sonntagsbilder

Hans-Peter Feldmann

Sonntagsbilder
1977
Offset print on paper; 21 parts
Dimensions variable

Knopp Ferro: Tollhaus

Knopp Ferro

Tollhaus
1998
Single-channel video
Ca. 20 min.

Fischli/Weiss: Stiller Nachmittag

Fischli/Weiss

Stiller Nachmittag
1985
B/W and color photographs
15 Teile: je ca. 30 x 40 cm resp. 40 x 30 cm

Rachel Harrison: The Nose

Rachel Harrison

The Nose
2005
Wood, plaster, acrylic, rubber nose, cardboard
193 x 76.5 x 45.5 cm

Martin Kippenberger: Untitled

Martin Kippenberger

Untitled
1993-1994
Cast aluminum, varnish, glass, light bulb
235 x 180 x 50 cm

Jürgen Klauke: Das ewig männliche - als ewig langweiliges

Jürgen Klauke

Das ewig männliche - als ewig langweiliges
1980/1981
B/W photograph
15 parts: entirely 180 x 210 cm

Jürgen Klauke: Transformer

Jürgen Klauke

Transformer
1973
Color photograph on aluminum
3 parts: each 120 x 100 cm

Peter Land: Bar Songs

Peter Land

Bar Songs
1998
OiI crayon, acrylic, watercolor, pencil on vat paper
7 parts: each 76 x 112 cm

Klara Lidén: Paralyzed

Klara Lidén

Paralyzed
2003
Single-channel video projection
Ca. 3 min.

Lutz & Guggisberg: Brut

Lutz & Guggisberg

Brut
2005
Wood
Dimension variable

George Maciunas: Flux Smile Machine

George Maciunas

Flux Smile Machine
1971
Plastic box, etiquette, spring with plastic device
12 x 9.3 x 3.2 cm

Piero Manzoni: Merda d'Artista

Piero Manzoni

Merda d'Artista
1961
Can, printed paper
4.8 x 6.5 x 6.5 cm

John Miller: Topology for a Museum

John Miller

Topology for a Museum
1994
Plywood, plaster, acrylic, plastic objects
6 parts: each 101.5 x 61 x 61 cm

John Miller: My Body Strunk But I Kept My Funk

John Miller

My Body Strunk But I Kept My Funk
1989
Acrylic, plaster, molding paste on canvas, mirror
Diameter 76 cm

Bruce Nauman: Slow Angle Walk (Beckett Walk)

Bruce Nauman

Slow Angle Walk (Beckett Walk)
1968
Single-channel video (b/w, transferred to DVD)
60 min.

Martin Parr: Moving Pictures

Martin Parr

Moving Pictures
1998
Single-channel video projection
Ca. 71 min.

Sigmar Polke: Apparat, mit dem eine Kartoffel eine andere umkreisen kann (Kartoffelmaschine)

Sigmar Polke

Apparat, mit dem eine Kartoffel eine andere umkreisen kann (Kartoffelmaschine)
1969
Wooden frame, battery-powerd electric motor, rubber band, wire, 2 potatoes
80 x 41.5 x 41.5 cm

Sigmar Polke: Kartoffelhaus

Sigmar Polke

Kartoffelhaus
1967
Painted framework made of wooden slats, potatos
240 x 200 x 200 cm

Jean-Frédéric Schnyder: Sonnenuntergang am Zugersee, 1-163

Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

Sonnenuntergang am Zugersee, 1-163
1996/1997
Oil on canvas, painted wood
24 Teile: je 21 x 30 cm

Mark Wallinger: Angel

Mark Wallinger

Angel
1997
Single-channel video projection (color)
7:20 min.

Boyd Webb: Scenes & Songs

Boyd Webb

Scenes & Songs
1984
Single-channel video
20 min.

Thomas Zipp: Dante und Vergil

Thomas Zipp

Dante und Vergil
2004
Iron sheet, wood, paper, varnish, 2 collages framed
Dimension variable

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