Cindy Sherman, Untitled #418, 2004, Olbricht Collection, Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
Exhibition | 18.05.2018 - 23.02.2019

Cindy Sherman

Works from the Olbricht Collection
In a large solo exhibition the Weserburg is presenting over sixty photographic works by the American artist Cindy Sherman from almost all phases of her extensive oeuvre. This is the first time that so large a collection of pictures by the world-renowned artist is being presented to view in northern Germany. The works represent a special highlight within the Olbricht Collection. Cindy Sherman has the public reputation of being an important feminist artist. The works collected by Thomas Olbricht make it clear that such a characterization does not do justice to the variety of her oeuvre in its entirety. It is true that the artist has enormously enriched the debates about “female identity,” about socially based behavior patterns and concomitant expectations and clichés. But the focus of this exhibition is on existential themes: dreams, fears and sometimes disturbing and terrifying fantasies of violence and death. Thus the presentation fosters a deeper understanding of the oeuvre of this important artist.
Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #21, 1978, Olbricht Collection, Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #21, 1978, Olbricht Collection, Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
Cindy Sherman Untitled #352, 2000, Olbricht Collection, Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
Cindy Sherman Untitled #352, 2000, Olbricht Collection, Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Cindy Sherman became famous at the end of the 1970s with her “Untitled Film Stills,” in which she documents depictions of women that are reminiscent of scenes from feature films or television series. The artist herself slips into various costumes and poses so as to embody the social behavior patterns in which we mirror and recognize ourselves. The exhibition also shows outstanding examples from the work series “History Portraits,” “Headshots,” “Disasters” and “Sex Pictures” all the way to the fear-inducing “Clowns,” “Masks” and “Horror and Surrealist Pictures.” 

Fascination and disillusionment are particularly characteristic of the series of the “Headshots,” which are presented in an apposite selection of twelve works. In this series, Cindy Sherman portrays middle-aged women who seek to conjure up once again their youthful attractiveness even while being prisoners of their current phase of life. They present themselves with an intentional matter-of-factness in front of the camera that reveals an unintentional mixture of desired and actual appearance. 

The observations she makes as a woman in contemporary culture are simultaneously observations with regard to fears and nightmares. They are mixed with a profound humor that is intrinsic to each of her terrifying scenes. This is especially demonstrated by the “Clowns,” in which comicality and horror, fascination and loathing are blended with each other. These works constitute a high point in this photographic staging of our culture. 

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #322, 1996, Olbricht Collection, Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
Cindy Sherman, Untitled #322, 1996, Olbricht Collection, Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

The shocking pictures in which Sherman arranges bodily parts of dolls and mannequins in grotesque mutilation have resonances far beyond the theme of staged femininity. They do not show her to any degree as the living model of her deeply disturbing pictorial inventions. These examples of obscenity all the way to fantasies of dismemberment, whose visual impact press up to the very limits of human understanding,  can be found in several instances within this exhibition. In her oeuvre, Cindy Sherman in fact transcends the fascination of succumbing to the insistent power of pre-established roles. She ultimately succeeds in demonstrating how we gradually become accustomed to patterns of behavior that we find profoundly shocking. 

 

Pressestimmen

„erschreckend, provozierend und entlarvend“ buten un binnen

„Ästhetik trifft auf Abstoßendes, und oft verschwimmt beides auch untrennbar ineinander.“ Weser-Kurier

„Dass Peter Friese vor allem Shermans verstörende, unbequeme Arbeiten zeigt, macht die Ausstellung besonders sehenswert. Dem langjährigen Leiter der Weserburg, der im Herbst in Rente geht, ist damit zum Abschied noch einmal ein Coup gelungen.“ NDR-Kultur

„So wenig wie Sherman einfache Antworten auf die Fragen serviert, die sie verhandelt, so eindeutig geht es ihr darum, Gewissheiten zu stören“ Kreiszeitung

„unbedingt sehenswerte Ausstellung“ Kreiszeitung

„Cindy Superstar“ Foyer

 

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Accompanying Program

The exhibition is accompanied by an ambitious program of events and educational outreach. These include guided tours, lectures, discussions, films and several evenings dedicated to the oeuvre of this American artist. Moreover, there is an extensive program for schools including a close collaboration with the Bremer Schuloffensive, but also projects for children and young persons with Quartier and other partners.

Angebote für Schulen

Ausstellungsbesuche mit Überblicksführungen zu den Highlights oder mit folgenden Themenschwerpunkten:

  • I. Film, Foto und Performance
  • II. Selbstbildnis und Verwandlung
  • III. Horror, Märchen und Groteske
  • IV. Ich bin viele. Rollenbilder in der Kunst

Führungen für Schulklassen mit und ohne Praxisanteil:

  • 60 Minuten, Führungsgebühr: 40 Euro
  • 90 Minuten, Führungsgebühr: 60 Euro

Die Angebote gelten für Sek I und Sek II und sind dementsprechend altersgerecht ausgearbeitet. Gesonderte Führungen für die Primarstufe nur nach vorheriger Absprache. Einige der ausgestellten Werke könnten als verstörend empfunden werden.

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