Schlingensief (1960-2010) was involved with a range of disciplines and created provocative works that stirred controversy and challenged the status quo. A survey Lassnig displaying paintings from all periods of her career; using the term "body awareness," she has regularly tried to paint the way her body feels.
March 7, 2014; Closes August 2014
MoMA PS1, 3rd Floor Main Gallery
Christoph Schlingensief (1960–2010) was involved with a range of disciplines—including installation, film, theater, opera, and television—and created provocative works that stirred controversy and challenged the status quo. His well-known “German trilogy” consisted of the feature films 100 Years of Adolf Hitler (1988–89), The German Chainsaw Massacre (1990), and Terror 2000—Intensive Care Unit Germany (1992). Together, these works approached 20th-century German history in a nonlinear fashion and combined it with the blood and gore of B-movies. Amplifying his critical look at national politics, Schlingensief organized an action during Documenta 1997 in which he carried a banner with the phrase “Kill Helmut Kohl!” which led to his arrest. Additionally, he established the political party Chance 2000 that blurred the lines between politics and theater.
Though Schlingensief’s work provoked strong reactions, it was also strongly rooted in art and culture. He directed plays by Shakespeare and operas by Wagner, and was deeply influenced by Joseph Beuys, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and the Viennese Actionists. Not beholden to any one medium, Schlingensief insisted on moving between genres and disciplines, to such an extent that he sought to establish Opera Village Africa, an institution that included a school, opera, and clinic in Burkina Faso.
Christoph Schlingensief began using a Super 8 camera at the age of eight and proceeded to make more than 50 films. He has had numerous solo exhibitions, at such institutions as Haus der Kunst, Munich; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; and Migros Museum, Zurich. In 2011, he posthumously represented Germany at the Venice Biennale and was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Pavilion.
Christoph Schlingensief is organized at MoMA PS1 in collaboration with KW Institute for Contemporary Art.
The exhibition is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Director, MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator-at-Large, The Museum of Modern Art; Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Independent Curator; and Susanne Pfeffer, Artistic Director at the Fridericianum, Kassel; in collaboration with Filmgalerie 451, Berlin.
Artistic advisor: Aino Laberenz/Estate of Christoph Schlingensief
The exhibition is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.
Additional funding is provided by Harald Falckenberg.
Special thanks to Bumat Turntables, Germany.
March 7, 2014 - May 25, 2014
MoMA PS1, 1st Floor Main Gallery
Maria Lassnig (Austrian, b. 1919) is one of the most important contemporary painters and can be seen as a pioneer in many areas of art today. Emphatically refusing to make “pictures,” she has long focused on ways of representing her internal world. Using the term “body awareness,” Lassnig has regularly tried to paint the way her body feels to her from the inside, rather than attempting to depict it from without. Throughout a remarkable career that has spanned more than 70 years, she has continued to create work that vulnerably explores the way she comes into contact with the world, often placing particular emphasis upon the disjunctions between her own self-image and the way she is seen by others—as a woman, as a painter, and as a person living through the dramatic technological and cultural developments that have marked the century of her lifetime. Bravely exposing personal traumas, fantasies, and nightmares, Lassnig’s art offers instruction for courageous living in a time of increasingly spectacularized social interaction.
Focusing on Lassnig’s self-portraiture, the exhibition presents works by the artist—most of them never previously exhibited in the U.S.—from all creative periods of her career, spanning her early involvement with graphic abstraction in Paris and Art Informel, to her later shift to figural representation. The show will be the most significant survey of her work ever presented in the United States, featuring approximately 50 paintings drawn from public and private collections and the artist herself, as well as a selection of watercolors and filmic works.
Maria Lassnig is organized by Peter Eleey, Curator and Associate Director of Exhibitions and Programs; with Jocelyn Miller, Curatorial Assistant; in collaboration with the Neue Galerie Graz – Universalmuseum Joanneum.
The exhibition is made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art and by Carole Server and Oliver Frankel.
Image 1: Christoph Schlingensief. Passion Impossible: 7 Days of Emergency Call for Germany. 1997. Film Still. © Alexander Grasseck, Stefan Corinth (Ahoimedia)
Image 2: Maria Lassnig. Transparentes Selbstporträt (Transparent Self Portrait). 1987. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
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