Martin Kippenberger, Ohne Titel, 1988, Öl auf Leinwand, 240 x 200 cm, Collection Román Ramiro, Vigo, Spanien, © Estate Martin Kippenberger/Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.
Sarah Lucas, Self Portraits, 1990-1998, 1999, 12 Irisdrucke mit Kolophon, Auflage 16/150 + 15 e.a., 10 Teile je 80 x 60 cm, 2 Teile je 60 x 80 cm, Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, © Sarah Lucas. Courtesy Sadie Coles, HQ London.
'I can't just slice off an ear every day' – Deconstructing the Myth of the Artist. Works from
the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, the collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and other collections
October 3, 2008-February 22, 2009
“I can´t just slice off an ear everyday. Make a van Gogh here, a Mozart there. And anyway, it’s hard enough constantly keeping track of what you’re actually doing!”
— Martin Kippenberger
In 2008, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin will be making the cult of the artist their major theme of the autumn. With the exhibitions Beuys. We are the Revolution and Celebrities. Andy Warhol and the Stars, the Hamburger Bahnhof will be putting the spotlight on the two most prophetical artists of the recent past, not without offering a space in the Rieckhallen to the exhibiton Deconstructing the myth of the artist, Works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, the collections of the Staatliche Museenzu Berlin, and other collections.
The image and the idea of the autonomous, creative artistic genius was subjected to a variety of attacks by the avant–garde movements of the early 20th century. Since the 1960s, many artists have taken critiques of the heroic image of the artist even further. Influenced to some extent by the discourse of the “death of the author” in Post-Structuralist theory and paralleled by a critical confrontation of art as an institution, artists have interrogated and deconstructed a range of stereotypes associated with an often masculinized ideal of creative genius.
In the process, conventional models of authorship have been critically scrutinized, along with traditional notions of masculine and feminine creativity. And the tropes of the suffering, solitary artist playing the role of saviour have been ironized. At times humorously, at times sarcastically, at times even destructively, the status of the artist within the art world has been the object of sustained reflection, and categories such as authenticity and subjectivity interrogated.
A variety of approaches to deconstructing the myth of the artist since the 1960s have foregrounded the ambivalence of the artist’s perennial role, located between disintegration and affirmation, and have provoked discussion of the societal expectations of the artistic personality. On display will be works by:
Francis Alÿs, Art & Language, Azorro, Bernadette Corporation, George Brecht, Marcel Broodthaers, Marcel Duchamp, Maria Eichhorn, VALIE EXPORT, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, FLUXUS, Andrea Fraser, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Richard Jackson, Christian Jankowski, Martin Kippenberger, Sarah Lucas, Paul McCarthy, Bruce Nauman, Adrian Piper, Pipilotti Rist, Ugo Rondinone, Dieter Roth, Ed Ruscha, Antje Schiffers, Cindy Sherman, Mladen Stilinovi?, Sturtevant, Vibeke Tandberg, Lawrence Weiner.
Curator of the exhibition is Gabriele Knapstein.
Sarah Lucas, Self Portrait with Fried Egs, 1996, from Self-Portraits, 1990-1998, 1999, Photographic print, 60 x 80 cm, © the Artist, courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ, London.