Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart


The curious title of this exhibition clearly infers that not all artists are self-harming, sensitive souls like Van Gogh. Indeed, its premise is to showcase works by artists who have apparently been challenging the idea of the tormented creative genius. The exhibition, curated by Gabriele Knapstein, sets off to spotlight works from the twentieth century that have critiqued or even attacked this image through "deconstructing the myth of the artist."

To this end, Knapstein has brought together works by around 30 top names including Marcel Duchamp, Bruce Nauman, Martin Kippenberger, Cindy Sherman, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Paul McCarthy, Ugo Rondinone and Sarah Lucas. As if to prove how artists can be normal members of society, the works include a black-and-white, photographic self-portrait of Lucas smoking and one of Sherman's "Untitled Film Stills" showing the artist reclining on a bed in a staged scenario. As with many such group shows, the works have been carefully picked to reinforce the curator's point of view.

October 3, 2008, through February 22, 2009
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