FACE IT! IN MONOLOGUE WITH THE OTHER
June 29–September 29, 2019
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Press Conference: June 28, 2019, 11am
Opening: June 28, 2019, 7pm
The international group exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Ravensburg focuses on the face as a medium between the Self and the Other, as an interface between presence and representation. In dialogue between works from the early 20th century and contemporary artists and in interplay with the Selinka Collection, the face proves to be the setting for emotions which are molded by the respective individual’s self-image as well as by social conventions.
The face is simultaneously a site of presentation and concealment, of staging and withdrawal. With four thematic emphases—“Privatim: Sleep-Ecstasy-Death,” “Beyond Stereotyped Roles,” “Expressive Physiognomy” and “Mirrorings and Doppelgängers”—the exhibition investigates the face within the dynamic field of self-expression, self-image and social codes. Whoever regards a face, either of oneself or of someone else, seeks to make a picture; simultaneously, in an exchange of gazes with someone else, one’s attention is directed to oneself, to one’s own roles and self-images. An inner dialogue thereby makes it possible to experience the face as a reflection of the Self in the Other.
With works by Marina Abramović & Ulay, Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Dieter Appelt, Marjoleine Boonstra, Robbie Cooper, Marlene Dumas, Erró, Valie Export, Asta Gröting, Nan Goldin, Erich Heckel, Zhang Huan, Alexej von Jawlensky, Alex Katz, Max Kaus, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Jürgen Klauke, Oskar Kokoschka & Hermine Moos, Georg Kolbe, Bjørn Melhus, Zanele Muholi, Edvard Munch, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Arnulf Rainer, Bettina Rheims, Ugo Rondinone, Aura Rosenberg, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Cindy Sherman, Andreas Slominski, John Smith, Albrecht Tübke, Mark Wallinger
Curators: Ute Stuffer (director Kunstmuseum Ravensburg), Kristina Groß