monochrom: Lord Jim Loge powered by monochrom – Coke Light Art Edition, 2006 © VG Bildkunst/Foto: Bettina Brach
Exhibition Zentrum | 26.02.2010 EXTENDED UNTIL 20.05.2010

"It's a kind of magic!"

Mystification and Demystification in the context of artists' publications since 1960
The mystification of art is omnipresent, and carried out by every link in the art-system chain to equal degrees: museums, galleries, curators, the media, artists, art scholars and art consumers place certain artworks in the limelight and declare them to be especially important – a form of upgrading that makes the artwork appear virtually magic and contributes to its popularization. On the basis of numerous works from the area of artists’ publications, the exhibition “It’s a kind of magic!” will address and convey the complex processes and artistic results which create and reinforce the art myth and lead increasingly to the alienation of the viewers. The majority of the works to be included are from the genres of the multiple, artists’ books, graphic works, photo editions and postcards produced by more than forty artists and artist groups between 1960 and the present. The selection will be a well-rounded excerpt of works since the 1960s, representing the theme and the complex processes of mystification in exemplary manner.
Mutilples published by VICE-Versand, 1969, Photo: Bettina Brach


Apart from aspects such as the increase of importance and value, the artistic antithesis – demystification – will also be explored. The makers of the art themselves are usually responsible for these efforts as a means of preventing the “belief in the game”, in the illusion inherent to art, while also questioning these assignments of value and providing insight into the other side of the system. The type of artistic practise which subscribes to the demystification of art is often also the motor for the shifting of art’s boundaries. Among other things, connections between art and everyday life lead to a new definition of the concept of art. A number of the artworks on view in the show will also illuminate this aspect, which played an especially important role in movements such as Fluxus, Concept Art and Mail Art.

The wide spectrum of positions on the subject of “mystification and demystification” ranges from “every human being is an artist” (Beuys) to “every artist is a human being” (Kippenberger) – and the exhibition will accordingly encompass works by Joseph Beuys, Marcel Duchamp, Michael Gibbs, Klaus Heid, Martin Kippenberger, Piero Manzoni, monochrom, Papergirl, Ed Ruscha, Timm Ulrichs, Ben Vautier, Andy Warhol and others.

In cooperation with master students of University Bremen

 


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