Proof of Life / Lebenszeichen
– 25 February 2018
Exhibits from a private collection, which have never before been presented to the public in this format, will be on show at Weserburg in Bremen until 25 February 2018. More than 100 paintings, sculptures and photographic works allow viewers to consider how to deal with existential questions of life and death.
John Isaacs, The Architecture of Empathy (Pietà), 2014, Privatsammlung
Patrick van Caeckenbergh, Model of the Christ before Jesus, 2014, Privatsammlung, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Jake & Dinos Chapman: Tower of Babble (2013), Privatsammlung, courtesy of Jake and Dinos Chapman, Hugo Glendinning (Photo), VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Berlinde De Bruyckere, Lingam (2007-10), Privatsammlung, the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Thomas Houseago, Untitled (2014), Privatsammlung, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Gavin Turk, Death of Marat, 1998, Privatsammlung
Daniel Richter, Poor Girl, 2005, Privatsammlung, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Sterling RUBY: ACTS/ GOSSAMER, 2015, Privatsammlung
Louise Bourgeois, Tête V, 2004, Privatsammlung, courtesy the Easton Foundation and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Andres Serrano, The Morgue (Fatal Meningitis II), 1992, Privatsammlung
At the centre of the exhibition is the question of why expressive images lodge in the collective memory and how they then also maintain their relevance when their original societal context has long since changed.
Many of the exhibits are new interpretations of famous works or pick up on characteristics of prominent models in order to transfer these into the present context and to update them. A significant part of the exhibition is represented for example by the life-size sculpture by Gavin Turk, in which the well-known 1793 painting of “The Death of Marat” by Jacques-Louis David is merged with a self-portrait of the artist. As a result, the level of meaning is altered behind the depicted person. Marat, previously exalted as a martyr, becomes here an example of the failure of modern art in conveying central values such as enlightenment and freedom.
Other works make use of the means of neo-contextualisation and referencing ancient imagery, such as that by the artists Jake and Dinos Chapman and John Isaacs.
The exhibition is supported by an events programme, which includes a round of talks, a children’s cultural project, a panel discussion and a concert.