In times of change a desire often emerges to preserve and recall our own roots. Correspondingly, there is a boom in things historical currently. In advertising, fashion and film today, the Old is being positioned as the Authentic, as opposed to a unified mass-produced culture, and is frequently being idealized with a strong touch of nostalgia.
In contemporary art too, the art of past centuries is experiencing a veritable comeback. While in the 1980s, under the heading Appropriation Art, the art of modernism and above all the 20th century was being cited by artists, for some years now we have been witnessing an increased orientation around Old Masters painting and traditional techniques. A younger generation is turning to the art of past epochs and, as carriers of cultural memory updating the “mnemic energies” (Aby Warburg) stored in the masterpieces for today.
Artists in the exhibition
Philip Akkerman, Irene Andessner, José Manuel Ballester, Glenn Brown, Léo Caillard, Wim Delvoye, Slawomir Elsner, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Jochen Flinzer, Christian Jankowski, Liane Lang, Liza Lou, Pia Maria Martin, Brigitte Maria Mayer, Chantal Michel, Jean-Luc Moerman, Yasumasa Morimura, Ciprian Mureşan, Agathe Pitié, Antoine Roegiers, Markus Schinwald, Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ged Quinn, Kehinde Wiley
152 pages, Hardcover, numerous colour illustrations
Publisher: Nicole Fritz
Essays by Nicole Fritz, Zita Hartel, Johannes Meinhardt and Klaus Speidel.
Kunsthallen-Special-prize: 30 €