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Emotion Eins

Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal

The exhibition focuses on the theme of the not unbiased relation between artistic expression and emotional effect. 'Emotion Eins' shows artistic production from the areas of the visual arts, cinema, fashion, and literature and integrates them to form a new type of decorative exhibition display. These themes of artistic production examine and tell of the loss of youth, the yearning for permanent rebellion, the fascination with beauty, the life lie of self-realization and individual happiness.

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Emotion Eins is a production of the Ursula Blickle Foundation in cooperation with the Frankfurter Kunstverein.

Emotion Eins doesn't claim to present a new emotional quality of contemporary art, but seeks instead to place the rhetoric of our feelings squarely in the foreground.

Art doesn't just move, bewilder or fascinate the viewer with the subject matter it is conveying but also through the way and manner of communication. Seduction techniques taken from cinema and mass media are often jump-started with universal themes that everyone can relate to: the yearning for change and rebellion, the fascination of beauty, as well as the loss of youth, and the futile search for self-realization and individual happiness. In this current art production it is the dealing with and coming to terms with the promise of lifestyle and the desire for new patterns of "belonging" that is the primary issue being not only addressed here but also challenged.

By virtue of the very presentation of these subjects, albeit sometimes with critical distance, the inherent emotional charges are brought to the fore and the would-be contradiction between form and content of the artwork seem to dissolve. Thus Mathias Faldbakken's video "Getaway" shows an illegal drag race from the perspective of one of the drivers; the observer shares the direct experience of speed and danger. In her video documentary "Solveig" Gitte Villesen introduces us to a woman who had a sex change from man to woman at age 62 and who tells us of her experiences, fears, life dreams. Sebastian Diaz Morales, on the other hand, uses everyday scenes to compose cinematographic shots of evocative beauty that draw the viewer into the irresistible power of the images.

This exhibition will show and integrate artistic productions from the visual arts, cinema, fashion, and literature to form a new type of decorative exhibition display.

Emotion Eins will be showing works by Fikret Atay, Vanessa Beecroft, Marc Brandenburg, Duncan Campbell, Sebastian Diaz Morales, Rineke Dijkstra, Matias Faldbakken, Ulrike Feser, Liam Gillick, Alexander Gutke, Richard Hawkins, Carsten Holler, Laura Horelli, Nestor Kruger, Hans-Jorg Mayer, Shahryar Nashat, Mark Raidpere, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Egle Rakauskaite, RothStauffenberg, Stiina Saaristo, Seifollah Samadian, Kevin Schmidt, David Shrigley, Javier Tellez, Su-Mei Tse, Gavin Turk, and Gitte Villesen/ Lars Erik Frank, Markus Weisbeck, Andro Wekua and Florian Wust.

Marc Brandenburg
YSL, Sticker, 1996/2003

Nicolaus Schafhausen, Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein

Press information
Valentina Dobrosavljevic Tel. +49 7 21 3 52 72 97

Preopening viewing
Please call for an appointment:
Tel. +49 72 51 6 09 19 Fax +49 72 51 6 86

Duration of exhibition:
June 6 - July 18, 2004

Saturday, June 5, 2004, 7:00 p.m.
Speaker Nicolaus Schafhausen

Opening hours:
Wed. 2:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m.
Sun. 2:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. and by appointment

Other venues:
Frankfurter Kunstverein
Opening: June 6, 2004
Duration: June 8 - August 8, 2004

Ursula Blickle Foundation
Muehlweg 18, D- 76703 Kraichtal/ Unteroewisheim
Tel. +49 72 51 6 09 19 Fax +49 72 51 6 86 87
Duration of the exhibition June, 6 - July, 18 204
Opening: June, 5 2004 7pm
Speaker Nicolaus Schafhausen

Frankfurter Kunstverein
Steinernes Haus am Roemerberg
Markt 44, D- 60311 Frankfurt am Main
Tel +49(0) 69/ 219 3140 Fax +49(0)69/ 219 314 11
Duration of the exhibition June 8 - August 8, 2004
Opening: June 6, 2004

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