Ironisch / Ironic


27. June 1998  –  9. August 1998

Featuring artworks by:
Marjoleine Boonstra   Maurizio Cattelan   Urs Fischer   Alicia Framis   Steve McQueen   Aernout Mik

One essential aspect of contemporary art is the artistic attitude which it conceals, which can only be taken interpretively from the finished product. This attitude represents a particular view of the world. In the late 1990s, this perspective is increasingly characterised by an ironic way of approaching reality. That is to say, that while it is certainly possible to discern references to reality, these are rarely one-dimensional, or over-determinative, but rather ambivalent, remote and/or playfully humorous. “Ironisch/Ironic” shows five artistic viewpoints which could hardly be more diverse. It would therefore be wrong to apply the label ‘ironic’ to the artists. Rather, the five viewpoints pick out five elements which are associated in five different ways with the term ‘ironic’.


Curated by Rein Wolfs

List of works

Marjoleine Boonstra: Hongkongoria

Marjoleine Boonstra In cooperation with Aernout Mik

Video installation (projection)
Dimensions variable

Maurizio Cattelan: If a Tree Falls in the Forest and There is no One Around it, Does it Make a Sound

Maurizio Cattelan

If a Tree Falls in the Forest and There is no One Around it, Does it Make a Sound
Taxidermized donkey, television, bridles, cotton cloth, cord
150 x 154 x 46 cm

Maurizio Cattelan: Pluto

Maurizio Cattelan

Bones, paper

Urs Fischer: Boffer Bix Kabinett

Urs Fischer

Boffer Bix Kabinett
Various materials
140 x 400 x 250 cm

Urs Fischer: Faules Fundament

Urs Fischer

Faules Fundament
Fruits, vegetables, bricks
220 x 420 x 120 cm

Urs Fischer: Frozen

Urs Fischer

Candles, dispersion, synthetic resin, wood, screws, branches, wool, nails, glass, paper, ceramic, glue
Ca. 160 x 230 x 210 cm

Urs Fischer: Leiter

Urs Fischer

Aluminum ladder, acrylic, spotlight
Dimensions variable

Alicia Framis: Contemplation Room

Alicia Framis

Contemplation Room
Metal frame, glass, chairs, ash tray
300 x 300 x 300 cm

Alicia Framis: Cinema Solo

Alicia Framis

Cinema Solo
B/W photographs, chairs, booklets
Dimensions variable

Steve McQueen: White Elephant

Steve McQueen

White Elephant
90 x 300 x 300 cm

Steve McQueen: Catch

Steve McQueen

Single-channel video projection (color, no sound)
1:54 min.

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