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The Future Has a Silver Lining

Migros Museum, Zurich

Genealogies of Glamour

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Genealogies of Glamour

Janet Cardiff/Georges Bures Miller – Meret Oppenheim – Brice Dellsperger – Francesco Vezzoli – Manon – James Lee Byars – Fergus Greer/Leigh Bowery – T.J. Wilcox – Marc Camille Chaimowicz – Julian Göthe – Cerith Wyn Evans – Kutlug Ataman – Sanja Ivekovic – Jonathan Horowitz – Josephine Meckseper – Mick Rock – Katharina Sieverding – Mark Leckey – Michel Auder – Sylvie Fleury – Daniele Buetti – Bernhard Martin – Carlos Pazos – Christian Flamm – Francesco Scavullo – Nicole Wermers – Tom Burr – John Edward Heys – Wols – Shannon Bool – Tabboo a.k.a. Steven Tashian – Cosey Fanni Tutti – Urs Lüthi – Daniel Robert Hunziker & Klassenfahrt/KMUProduktionen – Franz Gertsch – Peter Hujar – Allen Frame and many others...

This exhibition is an invitation to explore the cultural practices and systems of representation that are linked to the term ''glamour''. Our point of departure is the observation that the role of the visual arts within the construction and reflection of this ''shimmering totality'' (Frieda Grafe) has always been a particularly well-kept secret. ''Glamour'' simply wouldn’t fit into the narrative of modernity. It was decried as vulgar, superficial, as mass culture, and writings on aesthetic theory and studies of more serious art forms excluded ''glamour'' as an object of study, even though it has been impossible to ignore the ''function of glamour'' (Theodor W. Adorno) in the arts since the advent of Surrealism, or the time of Pop Art and Postmodernism at the very latest.

The Future Has a Silver Lining includes a wide range of artistic genres and historical periods. As well as film and video installations (including those by Kutlug Ataman, Janet Cardiff / Georges Bures Miller, T.J. Wilcox, Francesco Vezzoli, Brice Dellsperger), examples from photography, the defining medium of glamour, highlight the historical and social conditions under which glamorous moments and atmospheres came about and were documented. These include historical film stills from the Christoph Schifferli collection, Fergus Greer’s photographic mises-en-scène of Leigh Bowery, as well as photographic works by Francesco Scavullo, Mick Rock, Sanja Ivekovic , Carlos Pazos, Michel Journiac, Peter Hujar, Katharina Sieverding, Tom Burr, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Allen Frame. The sculptures (including those of Julian Göthe, Nicole Wermers, Manon, Justen Ladda, James Lee Byars) and those installations that are sculptural in character and rely partly on the use of lights and projections (e.g. Cerith Wyn Evans, Daniele Buetti, Josephine Meckseper, Marc Camille Chaimowicz) represent enquiries into the spatial conditions that lead to the successful display or staging of a dazzling performance, or to its failure. Finally, in the middle of the exhibition space, a landscape of glass display cases designed by Daniel Robert Hunziker & Klassenfahrt/KMUProduktionen, contains an archive of glamour – a selection from pop culture’s arsenal of gestures and imagery, that contextualizes and comments on the artists’ contributions.

Curators of the exhibition: Heike Munder and Tom Holert.

The catalogue documenting the exhibition, including essays by Tom Holert, Heike Munder, Ian Penman and Terre Thaemlitz, will be published by JRP/Ringier towards the end of the show.


September 17, 2004, 8pm, video screening at the migros museum für gegenwartskunst, with Brice Dellsperger, Francesco Vezzoli and many others...


This exhibition is part of the project ''Doing Glamour''. From August 28 to October 31, a network of cultural institutions in Zurich will hold a series of events and investigations connected with the subject of glamour. As well as the migros museum für gegenwartskunst, these institutions include the Gessnerallee Theatre, the Institute for Theory of Art and Design (Zurich University of Art and Design), the Xenix Movie Theatre, Filmpodium, Mascotte, Toni Molkerei, the Großmünster Church and Kinoapparatom.

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Opening: Friday, August 27, 2004, 6 – 9pm, followed by the Summer Party

Guided tours:
Sundays, September 12, October 10 & 24, 3pm
Thursday, September 23, 6pm
The migros museum für gegenwartskunst is an institution of the Migros Culture Percentage.

Tue/Wed/Fri 12am – 6pm, Thu 12am – 8pm, Sat/Sun 11am – 5pm

Resistance Performed
dal 19/11/2015 al 6/2/2016

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