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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness and Enthusiasm
Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Johannes Baargeld, Hugo Ball, Judith Bernstein, Jean-Luc Blanc, Anna & Bernhard Blume, Pieter Bruegel d. Ä., Nina Childress, Velimir Chlebnikov, Yun Choi, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Jeremy Deller, Theo van Doesburg, Rosie Dowd-Smyth, Mimosa Echard, Nicole Eisenman, Max Ernst, Hans Finsler, Peter Fischli und David Weiss, Isa Genzken, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Georg Anton Gumpp, Ramin Haerizadeh & Rokni Haerizadeh & Hesam Rahmanian, Raoul Hausmann, Heinrich Hoerle & Anton Räderscheidt, Marcel Janco, Alfred Jarry, Mike Kelley, Katia Kelm, Martin Kippenberger, Jakob Lena Knebl, Jiří Kovanda, Marko Lulić, Calvin Marcus, Fabian Marti, Paul McCarthy, John Miller, Shana Moulton, MRZYK et MORICEAU, Henrike Naumann, Wong Ping, Pierre la Police, Rob Pruitt, Hans Richter, Roee Rosen, Mika Rottenberg, Ashley Hans Scheirl, Jim Shaw, Roman Signer, Cora Spassvogel, Erich Spießbach
13.10.2023–25.2.2024

Exhibition

The exhibition will take place at two venues: HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark and Neue Galerie Graz.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication

Further artists at Neue Galerie Graz: Saâdane Afif, Jack Arnold, Dan Attoe, Cosima von Bonin, Ulla von Brandenburg, Robert Breer, Giorgio de Chirico, René Clair, Josef Danhauser, Brice Dellsperger, Josef Dobner, Marcel Duchamp, Lara Favaretto, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Hans Finsler, Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Jef Geys, Jacob de Gheyn, Martin Gostner, Nicholas Grafia with Mikołaj Sobczak, George Grosz, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Hannah Höch, Peter Land, Maria Lassnig, Gabriel Lester, Erik van Lieshout, René Magritte, Bjarne Melgaard, Nathaniel Mellors, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Francis Picabia, Katrin Plavčak, Rembrandt van Rijn, Sun Ra, Andreas Schulze, Kurt Schwitters, Sturtevant, Jeffrey Vallance, Jean-Luc Verna, Olav Westphalen, Ming Wong.

The feeling or attitude of enthusiastic embarrassment is undoubtedly associated with a notion of humorous light-heartedness – but just as much with a sense of earnest persistence, against all odds. It is certainly associated with irony – but also with a deeply unironic, rather enthusiastic belief in the necessity and possibility of persevering and continuing with something that has been recognized as unpleasant or embarrassing. One of the most important attitudes or feelings underlying modern and contemporary art is an enthusiastic silliness that does not shy away from the embarrassing, the unreasonably silly. The exhibition, which spans epochs, includes works by around 100 artists from all over the world and spans an arc from earlier centuries of artistic creation to the immediate past.

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Pauline Curnier Jardin, Grotta Profunda Approfundita, 2017

HD video installation
25 min. video projection and hand sculpure
Courtesy Ellen De Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, ChertLüdde, Berlin

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Pauline Curnier Jardin, Grotta Profunda Approfundita, (Detail), 2017

HD video installation
25 min. video projection and hand sculpure
Courtesy Ellen De Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, ChertLüdde, Berlin

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Pauline Curnier Jardin, Grotta Profunda Approfundita, (Detail), 2017

HD video installation
25 min. video projection and hand sculpure
Courtesy Ellen De Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, ChertLüdde, Berlin

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Pauline Curnier Jardin, Grotta Profunda Approfundita, 2017

HD video installation
25 min. video projection and hand sculpure
Courtesy Ellen De Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, ChertLüdde, Berlin

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Mike Kelley, The Polish Joke, From the Series John Reed Club, 1992

Acrylic on paper
Courtesy Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg

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Mike Kelley, Reconstructed History (Hiding from the Indians), 1989

B/W photograph
Courtesy Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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Pierre la Police, Morty, 2020

3 Polyurethane sculptures
Courtesy the artist

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Jim Shaw, Nose Sculpture Wall Sconce (AbEx 6), 2007

Mixed media sculpture
Courtesy the artist and Praz-Delavallade, Paris

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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Nina Childress, Petit perroquet, 2007

Oil on canvas
Courtesy the artist, Nathalie Karg, New York City and Galerie Art: Concept, Paris

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz
Pierre la Police

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Pierre la Police, Head X 8, 2013

Gouache on paper
Courtesy the artist

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Nina Childress, Le grand standing, 1988

Acrylic and forged teak on canvas
Courtesy the artist, Nathalie Karg, New York City and Galerie Art: Concept, Paris

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John Miller, The Thirsty Duck, 1993

Plastic duck, plastic cactus, polyester resin in glass, bricks, aluminium can, acrylic and modelling paste on styrofoam and wood
Courtesy Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg

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John Miller, The Thirsty Duck, (Detail), 1993

Plastic duck, plastic cactus, polyester resin in glass, bricks, aluminium can, acrylic and modelling paste on styrofoam and wood
Courtesy Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg

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MRZYK & MORICEAU, Untitled, 2017

Ink on paper
Courtesy the artists and Air de Paris, Romainville

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MRZYK & MORICEAU, Untitled, 2017

Ink on paper
Courtesy the artists and Air de Paris, Romainville

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Isa Genzken, Family on the Beach, (Detail), 2015

7 mannequins, mixed media
Courtesy Galerie Buchholz Cologne

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Isa Genzken, Family on the Beach, (Detail), 2015

7 mannequins, mixed media
Courtesy Galerie Buchholz Cologne

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Isa Genzken, Family on the Beach, (Detail), 2015

7 mannequins, mixed media
Courtesy Galerie Buchholz Cologne

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Isa Genzken, Family on the Beach, 2015

7 mannequins, mixed media
Courtesy Galerie Buchholz Cologne

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Isa Genzken, Family on the Beach, 2015

7 mannequins, mixed media
Courtesy Galerie Buchholz Cologne

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Martin Kippenberger, Selbstporträt, 1976

Painted photograph with red artificial fur
Courtesy Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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Jim Shaw, Labyrinth: I Dreamt I was Taller than Jonathan Borofsky, 2009

Installation with acrylic on canvas, stretched over plywood
Courtesy Eric Decelle, Brussels

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Jim Shaw, Labyrinth: I Dreamt I was Taller than Jonathan Borofsky, 2009

Installation with acrylic on canvas, stretched over plywood
Courtesy Eric Decelle, Brussels

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Jim Shaw, Labyrinth: I Dreamt I was Taller than Jonathan Borofsky, (Detail), 2009

Installation with acrylic on canvas, stretched over plywood
Courtesy Eric Decelle, Brussels

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Jim Shaw, Labyrinth: I Dreamt I was Taller than Jonathan Borofsky, (Detail), 2009

Installation with acrylic on canvas, stretched over plywood
Courtesy Eric Decelle, Brussels

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Jim Shaw, Labyrinth: I Dreamt I was Taller than Jonathan Borofsky, (Detail), 2009

Installation with acrylic on canvas, stretched over plywood
Courtesy Eric Decelle, Brussels

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Jim Shaw, Labyrinth: I Dreamt I was Taller than Jonathan Borofsky, 2009

Installation with acrylic on canvas, stretched over plywood
Courtesy Eric Decelle, Brussels

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Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Klottemans, From the series Mondo Cane Puppets, 2020

Mixed media
Courtesy the artists

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Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Klottemans, From the series Mondo Cane Puppets, (Detail), 2020

Mixed media
Courtesy the artists

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Martin Kippenberger, Charlie Chaplin, 1986

Wall painting, acrylic on door with 13 framed B/W photos by Ursula Böckler
Courtesy diethARdT Collection Graz and Galerie Nagel Draxler, Cologne

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Martin Kippenberger, Charlie Chaplin, (Detail), 1986

Wall painting, acrylic on door with 13 framed B/W photos by Ursula Böckler
Courtesy diethARdT Collection Graz and Galerie Nagel Draxler, Cologne

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Martin Kippenberger, Charlie Chaplin, (Detail), 1986

Wall painting, acrylic on door with 13 framed B/W photos by Ursula Böckler
Courtesy diethARdT Collection Graz and Galerie Nagel Draxler, Cologne

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Martin Kippenberger, Charlie Chaplin, (Detail), 1986

Wall painting, acrylic on door with 13 framed B/W photos by Ursula Böckler
Courtesy diethARdT Collection Graz and Galerie Nagel Draxler, Cologne

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Rob Pruitt, Esprit de Corps: Corner, 2006

Jeans and cement
Courtesy the artist and Air de Paris, Romainville

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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Georg Anton Gumpp, Maske vom Palais Pfeifersberg in Innsbruck, 1723

Plaster cast
Belvedere, Vienna

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Nicole Eisenman, Artist’s Block, 2005

Oil on canvas
Courtesy Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg

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Hans Richter, Vormittagsspuk, 1928

One-channel video installation, B/W, sound, 6 min.
Courtesy Re:Voir, Paris

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Hans Richter, Vormittagsspuk, 1928

One-channel video installation, B/W, sound, 6 min.
Courtesy Re:Voir, Paris

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Hans Richter, Vormittagsspuk, 1928

One-channel video installation, B/W, sound, 6 min.
Courtesy Re:Voir, Paris

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz
Cora Spassvogel

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz
Erich Spießbach

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Velimir Chlebnikov, ca. 1909

German translation by Franz Mohn
English translation by D. Smirnov

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz
Fischli & Weiss

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Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Wurstserie, 1979

Photograph
Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Cologne

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Der geringste Widerstand, 1981

Film, 4:3, PAL, colour, sound, 30 min.
Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Cologne

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Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Der geringste Widerstand, 1981

Film, 4:3, PAL, colour, sound, 30 min.
Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Cologne

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Roman Signer, Teppich mit Staubsauger, 1997

Carpet, vacuum cleaner, electric timer
Courtesy Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg

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Roman Signer, Teppich mit Staubsauger, (Detail), 1997

Carpet, vacuum cleaner, electric timer
Courtesy Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg

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Jiří Kovanda, Untitled, (Detail), 2008

Installation of 2 kg (cube) sugar in line
Courtesy the artist

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Anna & Bernhard Blume, Holterdipolter, From the series Ödipale Komplikationen?, 197778

B/W photographs, 2‑part sequence from the 16-part series
Courtesy Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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Yun Choi, Where the Heart GoesPoetry Collection, 2022

One channel video, colour, audio, 17:12 min.
Courtesy the artist

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Henrike Naumann, Die Monotonie des Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Eastie Girls), 201920

Mixed media
Courtesy Henrike Naumann, Berlin

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Henrike Naumann, Die Monotonie des Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Eastie Girls), (Detail), 201920

Mixed media
Courtesy Henrike Naumann, Berlin

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Henrike Naumann, Die Monotonie des Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Eastie Girls), (Detail), 201920

Mixed media
Courtesy Henrike Naumann, Berlin

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Henrike Naumann, Die Monotonie des Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Eastie Girls), (Detail), 201920

Mixed media
Courtesy Henrike Naumann, Berlin

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Henrike Naumann, Die Monotonie des Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Eastie Girls), (Detail), 201920

Mixed media
Courtesy Henrike Naumann, Berlin

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Henrike Naumann, Die Monotonie des Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Eastie Girls), (Detail), 201920

Mixed media
Courtesy Henrike Naumann, Berlin

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Henrike Naumann, Die Monotonie des Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Eastie Girls), (Detail), 201920

Mixed media
Courtesy Henrike Naumann, Berlin

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Henrike Naumann, Die Monotonie des Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (Eastie Girls), (Detail), 201920

Mixed media
Courtesy Henrike Naumann, Berlin

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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Roee Rosen, The Dust Channel, 2016

Video, 23 Min.
Courtesy Roee Rosen, Bnei Zion

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Roee Rosen, The Dust Channel, 2016

Video, 23 Min.
Courtesy Roee Rosen, Bnei Zion

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz
Katia Kelm

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Katia Kelm, Am Fenster, 2020

Gouache, casein, watercolour, coloured pencil on paper
Courtesy Private Collection Franziska Bluhm

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Yun Choi, Psychics A, 2022

Ceramic, wood, aluminum, steel plate, in-line skate
Courtesy the artist

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Yun Choi, Psychics A, (Detail), 2022

Ceramic, wood, aluminum, steel plate, in-line skate
Courtesy the artist

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Martin Kippenberger, I Hate You!, 1990

Oil on canvas
Courtesy Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg

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Paul McCarthy, Skunks, 1993

Acrylic fur, metal, latex, rubber, foam rubber, 2 parts
Courtesy Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg

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Paul McCarthy, Skunks, 1993

Acrylic fur, metal, latex, rubber, foam rubber, 2 parts
Courtesy Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg

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Judith Bernstein, Trump Horror, 2017

Acrylic on paper
Courtesy the artist and Karma International, Zurich

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Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh & Hesam Rahmanian, By Concord The World One Can Take!, 2019

Acrylic, gouache, ink and collage on canvas
Courtesy Private Collection

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Wong Ping, Witch, 2015

16:9, one-channel video, colour, sound, 1:40 min.
Courtesy the artist and Kiang Malingue

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Wong Ping, Witch, 2015

16:9, one-channel video, colour, sound, 1:40 min.
Courtesy the artist and Kiang Malingue

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Marko Lulić, The Worthy Idiots’ Club, 2022

LED on acrylic glass
Courtesy the artist and Gabriele Senn Galerie, Vienna

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz
Fabian Marti

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz
Fabian Marti

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Fabian Marti, Frog and Dog (le portrait), 2023

Oil on canvas
Courtesy the artist

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Nina Childress, Scaphandre, 2011

Oil and spray paint on canvas and wood
Digital Reproduction
Courtesy Galerie Klemm’s, Berlin

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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Jean-Luc Blanc, Untitled, 2022

Oil on canvas
Courtesy Galerie Art: Concept, Paris

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Shana Moulton, Untitled for Now Then, 2020

Personal steam sauna tent, projection screen, projector, wooden armature, wig stand, plastic hands, LED-mask, air humidifier
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris

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Shana Moulton, Untitled for Now Then, (Detail), 2020

Personal steam sauna tent, projection screen, projector, wooden armature, wig stand, plastic hands, LED-mask, air humidifier
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris

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Shana Moulton, Untitled for Now Then, (Detail), 2020

Personal steam sauna tent, projection screen, projector, wooden armature, wig stand, plastic hands, LED-mask, air humidifier
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris

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Nina Childress, The years of G.M., 2012

Oil on canvas
Courtesy Paris Musées / Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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Assume Vivid Astro Focus, The Ecstasy of Pope Benedikt (curtain), (Detail), 2005

Mixed media sculpture, coloured chain curtain
Courtesy Peres Projects, Berlin

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Mimosa Echard, Sap, Martina, (Detail), 2020

Glass beads, mixed techniques, electric system
Courtesy Galerie Martina Simeti, Milan

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Mimosa Echard, Sap, Martina, (Detail), 2020

Glass beads, mixed techniques, electric system
Courtesy Galerie Martina Simeti, Milan

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Mimosa Echard, Sap, Martina, (Detail), 2020

Glass beads, mixed techniques, electric system
Courtesy Galerie Martina Simeti, Milan

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Shana Moulton, After Meissen, 2013

Wood, objects
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris

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Shana Moulton, After Meissen, (Detail), 2013

Wood, objects
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris

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Shana Moulton, After Meissen, (Detail), 2013

Wood, objects
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness, and Enthusiasm, 2023

Exhibition view, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz

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Ashley Hans Scheirl, Glamour, (Detail), 2019

Acrylic on canvas
Courtesy Private Collection

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Jakob Lena Knebl, Notburga, and Walburga, 2020

Ceramic, printed fabric, pleated fabric, powder-coated steel, vinyl
Courtesy Sammlung Dr. Fuchs, Vienna

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Jakob Lena Knebl, Walburga, (Detail), 2020

Ceramic, printed fabric, pleated fabric, powder-coated steel, vinyl
Courtesy Sammlung Dr. Fuchs, Vienna

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Jakob Lena Knebl, Notburga, 2020

Ceramic, printed fabric, pleated fabric, powder-coated steel, vinyl
Courtesy Sammlung Dr. Fuchs, Vienna

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Text

The feeling or attitude of enthusiastic embarrassment is undoubtedly associated with a notion of humorous light-heartedness – but just as much with a sense of earnest persistence, against all odds. It is certainly associated with irony – but also with a deeply unironic, rather enthusiastic belief in the necessity and possibility of persevering and continuing with something that has been recognized as unpleasant or embarrassing. One of the most important attitudes or feelings underlying modern and contemporary art is an enthusiastic silliness that does not shy away from the embarrassing, the unreasonably silly. The exhibition, which spans epochs, includes works by around 100 artists from all over the world and spans an arc from earlier centuries of artistic creation to the immediate past.

In modernism since the 19th century in general and the classical avant-gardes of the early 20th century in particular, a very specific dialectic is at work: on the one hand, bold innovations, radical negation, and aesthetic dogmas – but on the other hand, a certain kind of laughter that formed the basis for the creation of this exhibition project. It is a laughter that is fun and at the same time – without wanting to scandalize only – undermines all conservatism, bigotry, morality and not least avant-garde dogmatisms. By opposing the use of culture to intimidate, to secure unearned privileges, this laughter shows how authority loses its grip, how the pompous gesture and the image of the hero are invalidated.

Thematic sections feature works by numerous important artists – from Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Alfred Jarry and Elsa von Freytag-Lohringhoven, Marcel Duchamp and René Magritte, Giorgio de Chirico and Sturtevant, Maria Lassnig and Martin Kippenberger to numerous younger positions of contemporary art like Paul McCarthy, Nicole Eisenman, Fischli & Weiss, Isa Genzken, Katrin Plavčak, Kilunji Kia Henda, Ming Wong at all. RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! flirts with the humor of disaster, bad taste, the camp approach, B‑movie culture, science fiction, horror, etc., as well as immaturity, idiocy, intuition and, of course, passion – not to mention enthusiasm. 

Ridiculously Yours! Art, Awkwardness and Enthusiasm was previously shown at Bundeskunsthalle Bonn and Deichtorhallen Hamburg/​Sammlung Falkenberg. In Graz, the exhibition takes place in cooperation with Neue Galerie at the Universalmuseum Joanneum.

This exhibition project has been initiated and conceived by Jörg Heiser and Cristina Ricupero.
Exhibition design: Adrien Rovero

Artists

Participating artists

Assume Vivid Astro Focus

Eli Sudbrack *1968 Rio de Janeiro, lives in São Paulo and New York; Christophe Hamaide-Pierson *1973 Paris, lives in Paris

Solo (a.o.): Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers (2014), Casa Triangulo, São Paulo (2013), The Suzanne Geiss Company, New York City (2011), MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (2010), The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo (2009), Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo (2007), Kunsthalle Wien project space, Vienna (2006); Shows (a.o.): Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2013), CA2M, 2th of May Art Center, Madrid (2012), The New Museum, New York (2010), MACROM Museum, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea die Roma (2009), The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009), 28th São Paolo Biennial (2008)

Johannes Baargeld

*1892 Stettin, †1927 Mont Blanc

Hugo Ball

*1886 Pirmasens, †1927 Sant’Abbondio-Gentilino

German author and biographer, one of the founders of the DADA movement and a pioneer of the sound poem

Judith Bernstein

*1942 New Jersey, lives in New York

Solo (a.o.): Karma International, Zurich (2022), Kasmin Gallery, NY (2021), The Box, LA (2020), Karma International, Zurich (2019), Kasmin Gallery, NY (2018), The Drawing Center, NY (2017), The Box, LA (2017), Mary Boone Gallery, NY (2016), Mary Boone Gallery, NY (2015), Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway (2016), Gavin Brown’s enterprise, NY (2014), Studio Voltaire, London (2014), New Museum, NY (2012), The Box, LA (2011); Shows (a.o.): Kunsthaus Zurich (2021), Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2020), The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. (2019), Migros Museum, Zurich (2019), Bonner Kunstverein (2019), The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (2016), Migros Museum, Zurich (2015), ICA, London (2013), Hauser and Wirth, Zurich and London (20112012)

Jean-Luc Blanc

*1965 Nice, lives in Paris

Solo: Galerie Art: Concept · Paris, France (2018÷19, 2020/21); Shows (a.o.): Aurel Scheibler, Berlin (2020), MAC VAL | Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine (2022).

Anna & Bernhard Blume

Anna Blume *1936 Bork/Westfalen, †2020 Cologne; Bernhard Johannes Blume *1937 Dortmund,†2011 Cologne

Pieter Bruegel d. Ä.

* between 1526 and 1530 Netherlands

Nina Childress

*1961 California, lives in Paris

Solo (a.o.): Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon (2019), Galerie Xippas, Geneva (2015), Galerie Air de Paris (2011, 2000, 1995, 1992), Galerie Xippas, Paris (2007), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg (2001), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (1998); Shows (a.o.): Centre Pompidou-Metz (2020), Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles (2018), La Kunsthalle Mulhouse (2017), Palais de Tokyo (2014, 2002), Biennale de Rennes (2012), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2005), Centre Pompidou, Paris (1997), Biennale de Lyon (2007, 1991)

Velimir Chlebnikov

*1885 Malyje Derbety, †1922 Santalowo

Yun Choi

*1989 Südkorea, lives in Seoul

Solo (a.o.): LUX, London (2022), Doosan Gallery New York (2020), Art Sonje Center, Project Space (2017), Inter Art Center, Malmö (2012); Shows (a.o.): Künstlerhaus Dortmund (2023), Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2022), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2021), Archeological Museum of Atri (2021), Doosan Gallery New York (2017), Seoul Museum of Art (2016), Audio Visual Pavilion, Seoul (2015), Inter Art Center, Malmö (2012)

Pauline Curnier Jardin

*1980 Marseille, lives in Rome and Berlin

works across installation, performance, film, and drawing. Her outstanding cinematic installations create unorthodox universes and tell stories, thus proposing alternative narratives. She is the winner of the 2019 German Preis der Nationalgalerie, the 2021 Villa Romana Prize in Firenze, and recipient of the 2019 – 2020 Villa Medici fellowship in Rome. Her work was shown in solo shows over the last years in: Kunsthalle Winterthur, CH (2023), Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL (2023), Kunsthaus Pasquart, Biel, CH (2023), CRAC Occitanie, Sète (2022); FRAC Corsica (2022); Fondazione Memmo, Rome (2022); LIAF, Venice (2022); Hamburger Bahnhof-Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2021); INDEX – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm (2021); Fondation Ricard pour l’ArtContemporain, Paris, FR (2019); Presented in the central exhibition at 57th Venice Biennale (2017); and participated in Performa 15, New York (2015).

Jeremy Deller

*1966 London, lives in London

Solo (a.o.): Musee de Berdaux-Arts Rennes (2023), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Indre (2023), The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2021), Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford (2020), HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz (2019), Museo Universitario de Art Contemporeaneo, Mexico City (2015), Hishhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C (2014), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2013), Hammer Museum, Westwood (2009), New Museum, New York City (2009), Aspen Art Museum (2008); Shows (a.o.): Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab (C‑LAB), Taipei (2023), Museum of Contemporary Photography, Illiinois (2023), DeCodova Museum and Skulpture Park, Massachusetts (2022), Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2020), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2018), MoMA PS1, New York (2011)

Theo van Doesburg

*1883 Utrecht, †1931 Davos

Rosie Dowd-Smyth

*1994, lives in Glasgow

Solo: Pipe Factory, Glasgow (2021); Shows (a.o.): AIR Gallery, Altrincham, Manchester (2018), Boecho Gallery, Barnes, London (2018), ASA Studios, ASA Open Studios, Messehallen, Hamburg (2017), Galerie der HFBK, Mundsburg, Hamburg (2016), Harts Lane Gallery, New Cross, London (2015). 

Mimosa Echard

*1986 Alès, lives in Paris

Solo (a.o.): Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2021), Martina Simeti, Milan (2020), Dortmunder Kunstverein (2019), Samy Abraham Gallery, Paris (2017, 2016, 2015), Fire Place, Barcelona (2015), project room, Chez Valentin, Paris (2014), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); Sows (a.o.): ACCA, Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2021), Frac Bordeaux MÉCA, Bordeaux (2020), High Art, Paris (2020), Station 16, IAC, Villeurbanne (2019), galerie Art Concept, Paris (2019), Sarah Benichou Gallery, Paris (2018), Platform L, Seoul (2018), Sommer Gallery, Tel Aviv (2017), K11Art Foundation / Palais deTokyo, chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai (2015), Anny First Collection, Los Angeles (2013)

Nicole Eisenman

*1965 Verdun, lives in New York

Solo (a.o.): Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2023), Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland (2022), Hauser & Wirth, New York (2022), Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles (2022), Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2021), FLAG Art Foundation, New York City (2020), Nasher Sculpture Center, Boston (2019), Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2018), Secession, Vienna (2017), New Museum, New York City (2016), The Jewish Museum, New York City (2015), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2014), Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, Mexico City (2005); Shows (a.o.): Milwaukee Art Museum (2023), Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas (2023), The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2022), Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation’, Washington (2022), La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2019), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City (2017), La Biennale de Montréal (2016)

Max Ernst

*1891 Brühl, †1976 Paris

Hans Finsler

*1891 Heilbronn, †1972 Zurich

Peter Fischli und David Weiss

Fischli *1952, Zurich; Weiss *1946, Zurich, †2012

Solo (a.o.): Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City (2016), Guggenheim Museum, New York City (2016), Tate Modern, London (2006), Kunsthaus Zurich (2005), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2004), Serpentine Gallery, London (1995), Museum Ludwig, Cologne (1994), Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston (1993), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1991), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1991), Kunsthalle Basel (1990), Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (1989), Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt on the Main (1989), Whitechapel Gallery, London (1986), Kunstverein Hamburg (1984); Shows (u.a.): Aichi Triennale, Nagoya (2019), Shanghai Biennale (2018), Sydney Biennale (2018), Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017), Bienal de La Habana (2015), Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi (2014), Liverpool Biennial (2014), Taipei Biennial (2012), Berlin Biennale (2012), Sharjah Biennial (2009), Biennale di Lyon (2007), Biennale di Whitney, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City (2004), Biennale di Istanbul (1995), Biennale di São Paulo (1994), Biennale di Sydney (1990), Skulptur Projekte Münster (1987, 1997, 2007), Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (1985), Biennale di Venezia, Venice (1986), documenta 8, Kassel (1987)

Isa Genzken

*1948 Bad Oldesloe, lives in Berlin

Solo (a.o.): Neue Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (2023), Galerie Buchholz, Berlin (2022), K11 Musea, Hong Kong (2021), K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2021), Kunstmuseum Basel, New York (2020), Hauser & Wirth, London (2020), Peder Lund, Oslo (2019), Kunsthalle Bern (2019), Galerie Buchholz, Berlin (2018), Galerie König, Berlin (2017), Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2016), Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2015), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2015), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2014), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2014), MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2012), New Museum, New York (2010), Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2009), Malmö Konsthall (2008), La Biennale di Venezia, Venedig (2007), Kunsthalle zu Kiel (2006), The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2005), Museum Ludwig, Köln (2002), Fries Museum, Leeuwarden (1999), Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle/Sint-Martens-Latem (1998), EA-Generali Foundation, Wien (1996), The Renaissance Society, Chicago (1992); Shows (a.o.): Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton (2023), Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein (2023), Museo di Palazzo Pretorio, Prato (2022), Kunst Museum Winterthur (2021), Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2020), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2019), MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York (2017), Guggenheim, Bilbao (2017), documenta, Kassel (2002)

Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys

de Gruyter *1965 Geel, lives in Brussels; Thys *1966 Wilrijk, lives in Brussels

Solo (a.o.): Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York City (2018), Kunstverein München (2017), MoMA PS1, New York (2015), Kunsthalle Wien (2014), M HKA, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerp (2013), Kunstmuseum aan Zee (Mu.ZEE), Ostend (2012), Kunsthalle Basel (2010), Middelheim Museum, Antwerp (2002); Shows (a.o.): Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (2017), Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA) (2014), La Biennale di Venezia / Arsenale, Venice (2013), Herbert Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster (2013)

Georg Anton Gumpp

*1682 in Innsbruck, †1754

Ramin Haerizadeh & Rokni Haerizadeh & Hesam Rahmanian

Ramin Haerizadeh *1975 Tehran, Rokni Haerizadeh *1978 Tehran, Hesam Rahmanian *1980 Knoxville

Raoul Hausmann

*1886 Vienna, †1971 Limoges

Heinrich Hoerle & Anton Räderscheidt

Hoerle *1895 Köln, †1936 ibid; Räderscheidt *1892 Köln, †1970 ibid

Marcel Janco

*1895 Bukarest, †1984 En Hod

Alfred Jarry

*1873 in Laval, France, † 1907 in France

Mike Kelley

*1954 Wayne, †2012 Los Angeles

Solo (a.o.): Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan (2017), Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles (2017), Skarstedt, New York City (2016), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2014), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2013), MoMA PS1, New York City (2013), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2013), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2012), Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2011), Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2010), Wako Works of Art, Tokyo (2009), Wiels Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brussels (2008), Jablonka Galerie, Berlin (2007), Musée du Louvre, Paris (2006), mumok – Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (2004), Institut d’art contemporain, Lyon (2003), Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica (2002), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2000), Migros Museum für Gegen­warskun­st, Zurich (2000), Metro Pictures, New York City (1999); Shows (a.o.): The Getty Villa, Los Angles (2018), Frye Art Museum, Washington (2017), DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art Montréal (2017), Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2016), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City (2015), The Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014), New Museum, New York City (2013), Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2011), MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York City (2007)

Katia Kelm

*1970 Burlington/Vt, lives in Berlin

(a.o.) Galerie Bridget Stern, Hamburg (2018), Kunsthalle Schlieren, CH (2017), Galerie Bridget Stern, Hamburg (2017), Galerie Toolbox, Berlin (2016), Axel Obiger, Berlin (2016), Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athen (2013), Kornhäuschen, Aschaffenburg (2012), Kunstraum Demmeringstraße, Leipzig (2012), Galerie Ölfrüh, Hamburg (2011), Westwerk, Hamburg (2011), Schwules Museum, Berlin (2011), Galerie Walden, Berlin (2005), Ausstellungsraum Kaiser-Wilhelm-Straße, Hamburg (2005), Kunsthaus Hamburg (2005)

Martin Kippenberger

*1953 Dortmund, †1997 Vienna

Solo (a.o.): Skarstedt Gallery, New York City (2011), MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, New York City (2009), MOCA, Grand Avenue (2008), Galerie Bleich-Rossi, Vienna (2007); Shows (a.o.): Mamco — musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva (2010), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2010), Museum Serralves, Porto (2007), Hauser & Wirth Coppermill, London (2006), Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2002), documenta X, Kassel (1997)

Jakob Lena Knebl

*1970 Baden, lives in Vienna

Solo (a.o.): 59th Venice Biennale (2022), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2023), Phileas, Vienna (2022), MAH Musée d´art et d´histoire, Geneva (2021), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2020), Belmacz, London (2019), Torun (2014), LENTOS Kunstmuseum, Linz (2020), Belvedere 21, Vienna (2019), mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (2018), Secession, Vienna (2017), Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland (2014), Salzburger Kunstverein (2013); Shows (a.o.): Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2023), Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover (2022), Belvedere 21, Vienna (2021), Neuer Kunstverein Wien (2023), Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2022), Kunsthalle Munich (2020), Künstlerhaus Graz (2019), steirischer herbst 19, Graz (2019), Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2017), ACFNY – Austrian Cultural Forum New York City (2016), Kunstverein Hamburg (2014), 308at156 Project Artspace, New York City (2012), Perla Moda + Dienstgebäude, Zurich (2010)

Jiří Kovanda

*1953 Prague, lives in Prague

Marko Lulić

*1972 Vienna, lives in Vienna

Solo (a.o.): Lentos Linz (2017), Austrian Cultural Forum Warsaw, New York City (2017), Fassade des Leopold Museums, Vienna (2014), Gallery PODROOM, Belgrade (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2010), Neue Kunsthalle St. Gallen (2005), Quartier 21, Museumsquartier, Vienna (2004); Shows (a.o.): Belvedere 21, Vienna (2021), MUSA Museum Startgalerie Artothek, Vienna (2018), Architecture Bienniale, Chicago (2015)

Calvin Marcus

*1988 San Francisco, lives in Los Angeles

Solo (a.o.): Clearing, Beverly Hills (2020), Clearing, Brussels (2020), David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2019), K11 MUSEA, Hong Kong (2019), Clearing, New York City (2018), Karma, Amagansett (2017), The Power Station, Dallas (2017), Clearing, New York City (2016), David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2016), Clearing, Brussels (2016), Clearing, New York City (2015), Peep-Hole, Milan (2015), Chin’s Push, Los Angeles (2014), Public Fiction, Los Angeles (2014); Shows (a.o.): Casa da Cultura, Comporta, Portugal (2022), ADZ Gallery, Lissabon (2022), Anton Kern Gallery, New York City (2021), Clearing, Paris (2021), Parker Gallery, Los Angeles (2020), Massimo De Carlo, London (2020), Clearing, Brussels (2019), The Power Station, Dallas (2019), Clearing, Brooklyn (2018), Aïshti Foundation, Beirut (2017), Parker Gallery, Los Angeles (2017), Clearing, New York City (2017), Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2016), Clearing, New York City (2016), Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris (2016), Massimo de Carlo, London (2016), 356 S. Mission Rd., Los Angeles (2015), White Cube, London (2015)

Fabian Marti

*1979 Freiburg, lives in Zurich

Solo (a.o.): Wilde, Geneva (2022, 2018, 2014), Sevres Museum, Sevres (2021), Centre d’Edition Contemporaine, Geneva (2020), Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich (2019), Marti Ceramics, Inglewood (2017), Kunstmuseum Luzern (2016), Galleria Fonti, Naples (2015); Shows (a.o.): Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (2021), Galleria Fonti, Naples (2020), Kunsthaus Zurich (2020), Kunstmueum Luzern (2019), Hauser & Wirth, London (2018), Langen Foundation Neuss (2018), Busan Biennale (2018), Swiss Institute, New York City (2015), Kunstmuseum Basel (2013), La Biennale di Venezia (2011), Aargauer Kunthaus (2009)

Paul McCarthy

*1945 Utah, lives in California

Solo (a.o.): Xavier Hufkens, Brussels (2023), Gagosian, New York City (2023), Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles, Monako (2022), The Box, Los Angeles (2021), Hauser & Wirth, New York City (2021), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2020), M Woods Museum, Bejing (2018), Kukje Gallery, Seoul (2017), Fundació Gaspar, Barcelona (2017), Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice (2017), Xavier Hufkens, Brussels (2016), Nasher Museum of Art, Durham (2015), The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (2015), Galleri F15, Moss (2014), Hauser & Wirth, New York (2013), Neue Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (2012), KÖR Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Kunsthalle Wien (2011), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011), Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan (2010), KUMU Eesti Kunstimuuseum, Tallinn (2009), Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2009), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008), Essl Museum Kunst der Gegenwart, Klosterneuburg (2007), Middelheim Museum, Antwerp (2007), S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent (2007), ARoS Aarhus Museum of Art, Dänemark (2007), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2006), Whitechapel, London (2005), CAC Centro de Arte Contemporàneo, Malaga (2004), The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2003), De Hallen, Haarlem (2002), New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City (2001), MOCA The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2000), La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (1999), Secession, Vienna (1998); Shows (a.o.): CCCB Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona (2023), Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2023), mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (2022), MAMBO Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota (2022), LUMA Arles (2021)

John Miller

*1954 Ohio, lives in New York City and Berlin

Solo (a.o.): Various Small Fires, Seoul (2023), Essex Street Gallery, New York City (2022), Metro Pictures, New York City (2020), Meyer Riegger Galerie, Berlin (2019), Museum im Bellpark, Kriens (2018), Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris (2017), Institute of Contempoary Art, Miami (2016), NBK (Neuer Berliner Kunstverein), Berlin (2015), Campoli Presti, Paris (2014), Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2011), Kunsthalle Zurich (2009); Shows (a.o.): MAMCO [Musée d’art moderne et contemporain], Geneva (2023), Rubell Museum DC, Washington, DC (2022), Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Berlin (2022)

Shana Moulton

*1976 Oakhurst, lives in Kalifornien

Solo (a.o.): Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, USA (2021), Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah (2020), Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin (2019), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018), Art in General, New York City (2016), Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich (2015), Galerie Crevecoeur, Paris (2013), Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples (2012), MoMA PS1, New York City (2011), Gimpel Fils, London (2011), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2010), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2009); Shows (a.o.): Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2021), The Met Fifth Avenue, New York City (2019), Museum of Modern Art, New York City (2018), Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (2017), Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2017), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City (2016), Callicoon Fine Arts, New York City (2015), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014), White Columns, New York City (2013), SculptureCenter, New York City (2012), Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2011), New Museum, New York City (2009), Biennale for New Visual Art Performance, New York City (2007), MoMA PS1, New York City (2005)

MRZYK et MORICEAU

Petra Mrzyk *1973 Nuremberg, Jean-François Moriceau *1974 Saint-Nazaire, live in Montjean-sur-Loire

Solo (a.o.): Air de Paris (2012, 2008, 2004), Caixa Forum, Barcelona (2008), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2006), Mamco, Geneva (2004), Schnitt Ausstellungsrau, Cologne (2001). Their work has exhibited internationally in many group exhibitions, and they have produced music videos for Air, Sebastian Tellier, and others. 

Henrike Naumann

*1984 Zwickau, lives in Berlin

Solo (a.o.): Kunstverein Leipzig (2022), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) (2022), Kunstverein in Hamburg (2021), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2020), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2020), Kunstverein Braunschweig (2019), Kunsthaus Dresden (2019), Kunsthalle Rostock (2018), Galerie Wedding, Berlin (2017), Kunstverein Arnsberg (2017), Künstlerhaus Bremen (2016), Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof (2015), Neues Museum, Nuremberg (2014), Galerie Kamm, Berlin (2013); Shows (a.o.): Berlin Biennale (2022), Skulptur Projekte Münster (2021), Shanghai Biennale (2016), Berlin Biennale (2018), Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts (2019), Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, Mannheim (2020), Kunstverein Hannover (2017), Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2019), S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent (2017), Haus der Kunst, Munich (2021), Kunsthalle Wien (2016), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2018), Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg (2020), Kunsthalle Nuremberg (2019)

Wong Ping

*1984 Hong Kong, lives in Hongkong

Solo (a.o.): M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong (2023), Kunsthalle Zurich (2022), UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Bejing (2021), FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool (2020), Kunstverein Hamburg (2020), Kunsthalle Basel (2019), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2019), Para Site, Hong Kong (2018), Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London (2018), Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong (2018), OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT), Shenzhen (2017), Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (2017), chi K11 art museum, Shanghai (2016), West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong (2016), Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2016); Shows (a.o.): Gropius Bau, Berlin (2022), Sharjah Biennial (2021), Biennale di Venezia (2019), Taipei Biennial (2018), 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018), Art Basel, Hong Kong (2017), Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2016), Yokohama Triennale (2017), Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India (2016), Liverpool Biennial (2016), Para Site, Hong Kong (2016), Chinese Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale (2015), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Bejing (2015), K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong (2014), M+ Museum, Hong Kong (2013)

Pierre la Police

*1959, lives in France

Solo (a.o.): Item Galler, Paris, Stamperia d’Arte Squadro, Bologna, Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kamel Mennour, Paris; Shows (a.o.): Galerie de Multiples, Paris, Tokyo Station Gallery, Galerie Susini, Aix-En-Provence, Onomichi City Museum of Art, Agnès B. Galerie du Jour, Hong Kong.

Rob Pruitt

* 1964, Washington, D.C., lives in New York

Solo (a.o.): Kunstverein Freiburg (2012), Dallas Contemporary (2011), Public Art Fund, New York City (2011), Gavin Brown’s enterprise & Maccarone, New York City (2010), Tate Modern, London (2009), Guggenheim Museum, New York City (2009), Air de Paris (2006), Gallery Side 2, Tokyo (2004), Franco Noero Gallery, Torino (2001); Shows (a.o.): De La Cruz Collection, Miami (2019), High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2014), Museum Dhondt Dhaenens, Deurle (2014), The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City (2013), MAMbo, Bologna (2012), The FLAG Art Foundation, New York City (2012), MoMA PS1, New York City (2006)

Hans Richter

*1888, Berlin, Germany, †1976, Minusio, Switzerland

Solo (a.o.): Staatliches Museum, Wiesbaden (1968), Museum of Modern Art, New York City (1967), Kunsthalle Dusseldorf (1966), Kunstverein Frankfurt (1966), Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (1965), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1964), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City (1963), Tate Gallery, London (1963), Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin (1961), Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover (1959), Guggenheim Museum, New York City (1958), Kunsthaus Zurich (1957), Museum of Modern Art, New York City (1941), Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin), New York City (1938), Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris (1936), Staatliche Kunsthalle, Mannheim (1926), Société Anonyme, New York City (1921); Shows (a.o.): Encounters, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2019), Dada and Surrealism: An Encyclopedia, Museum of Modern Art, New York City (2008), Dada and Surrealism Reviewed, Hayward Gallery, London (1978), 50 Jahre Moderne Kunst, Kunsthaus Zurich (1965), The Art of Assemblage, Museum of Modern Art, New York City (1961), Neue Tendenzen, Galerie Denise René, Paris (1961), documenta 1, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel (1955), Abstract and Surrealist American Art, Art Institute of Chicago (1947), Exhibition of the School of New York, Buchholz Gallery (Curt Valentin), New York City (1941), Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism, Museum of Modern Art, New York City (1936), Cubism and Abstract Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York City (1936), Exposition internationale du surréalisme, Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Paris (1938), Konstruktivisten, Kunstverein Jena (1924), Erste russische Kunstausstellung, Galerie van Diemen, Berlin (1922), Salon des Indépendants, Grand Palais, Paris (1922)

Roee Rosen

*1963, Rechovot, Israel, lives in Tel Aviv

Solo (u.a.): Museu de Serralves, Porto (2022), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2021), Petzel Gallery, New York City (2020), Fridericianum, Kassel (2019), Kunstverein Hamburg (2018), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2016), The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2015), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2014), The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston (2013), MoMA PS1, New York City (2011), Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid (2010), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2008), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2007); Shows (u.a.): documenta 14, Kassel (2017), Venice Biennale (2015), Berlin Biennale (2014), Taipei Biennial (2012), Istanbul Biennial (2011), Manifesta 7, Rovereto (2008), São Paulo Biennial (2006), Moscow Biennale (2005) Lyon Biennale (2005), Gwangju Biennale (2004), Istanbul Biennial (2003), Sydney Biennale (2002), São Paulo Biennial (2002), Yokohama Triennale (2001), Istanbul Biennial (1999), Venice Biennale (1999), São Paulo Biennial (1998)

Mika Rottenberg

*1976, Buenos Aires, lives in New York

Solo (a.o.): Centre Pompidou, Metz (2022), Kunstmuseum Solothurn (20162015, 1994), Museum Tinguely, Basel (2015, 2009 – 2008), Espace Jean Tinguely, Freiburg (2017), Ausstellungshaus Spoerri, Hadersdorf am Kamp (2010), Städtische Galerie Ravensburg (2006), Freitagsgalerie Imhof, Solothurn (2004, 1994, 1979), Garden of the Zodiac Old Market, Omaha (2003), Fondazione Il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri, Seggiano (2001), Galerie Samy Kinge, Paris (1998), Kunsthalle Burgdorf (1996), Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (1994), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1993, 1968), Galerie Beaubourg, Paris (1991), Galerie Littmann, Basel (1990, 1986, 1985), Galerie des Bastions, Geneva (1986), Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris (1976), Galerie Alexander Iolas, Paris (1975), Helmhaus Zurich (1974), Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York City (1973), Hannover Gallery, London (1972), Galerie Renée Ziegler, Zurich (1971), Kammerkunsthalle Bern (1971), Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum, Hagen (1971), Kunsthalle Nuremberg (1970), Galerie Schmela, Dusseldorf (1969), Galerie J, Paris (1965); Shows (a.o.): Aargauer Kunsthaus (2021), Museum Tinguely, Basel (20212020), Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin (2019), Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2014), Kunstmuseum Luzern (2013), Grimaldi Forum, Monaco (2012), Museum Tinguely, Basel (2012, 2011, 2009), Kunstmuseum Bern (2010), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2009, 1990), Kunstmuseum Solothurn (2006, 2002, 1998, 1991, 1985), Tate Liverpool (2004), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2004), Helmhaus Zurich (1996), Museum Ludwig, Cologne (1995), Galerie Martin Krebs, Bern (1991), Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich (1991), mumok– Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (1990)

Ashley Hans Scheirl

*1956, Salzburg, lives in Vienna

studied restoration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (diploma 1980). 2003 she completed postgraduate studies (M.A.) in fine arts (painting / installation) at Central Saint Martins College for Art and Design in London. In 2006 she received the Austrian State Scholarship for Fine Arts. From 2006 to 2019 Scheirl was Professor of Contextual Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Scheirl’s work could be seen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Museum of Modern Art Vienna and at the Biennale in Lyon.

Jim Shaw

*1952, Midland, USA, lives in Los Angeles

Solo (a.o.): Simon Lee Gallery, London (2020), Metro Pictures, New York City (2019), Praz-Delavallade, Paris (2019), Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong (2018), The Broad Art Museum at MSU, Michigan (2018), Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles (2017), New Museum, New York City (2015), Kunstmuseum Luzern (2011); Shows (a.o.): Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York (2020), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2018), Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (2018), The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (2016), La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2013), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City (2012)

Roman Signer

*1938, Appenzell, Switzerland, lives in St. Gallen

Solo (a.o.): Malmö Konsthall (2023), La galerie du théâtre de Privas (2023), Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur (2020), Château de Montsoreau – Musée d’Art contemporain, Montsoreau (2019), Luxelakes A4 Art Museum, Chengdu (2018), Häusler Contemporary, Zurich (2017), Häusler Contemporary, Munich (2016), Art:Concept, Paris (2015), Cafa Art Museum, Bejing (2014), Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin (2013), Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna (2012), Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros (SAPS), Mexico City (2011), Swiss Institute, New York City (2010), Kunsthaus Zug, Zug (2009), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri (2008), Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2007), Aargauer Kunsthaus (2006), OK Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Linz (2005), Häusler Contemporary Munich (2004) Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo (2003), Kunstmuseum Solothurn (2001) Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (2000), 48. Biennale Venezia, Venice (1999), The Swiss Institute, New York City (1997), Europäisches Kulturzentrum in Thüringen, Erfurt (1994), Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (1993), Museum Hedendaagse Kunst, Utrecht (1982), Kunsthaus Zurich (1981), Künstlerhaus Hamburg (1980) ); Shows (a.o.): Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2020, 2021), Häusler Contemporary Zurich (2019), Kunsthaus Zug (2018), Häusler Contemporary Lustenau (2016), Häusler Contemporary Munich (2013), Kunsthalle Mainz (2012), Aoalsalur, Seyoisfjörour (2010), Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen (2006), Busan Metropolitan Art Museum (2004), Sammlung Hauser & Wirth in der Lockremise St.Gallen (2003), Môtiers 95. art en plein air, Val-de-Travers (1995), «International Art Symposium», Plasy (1994), documenta 8, Kassel (1987), Kunsthaus Zurich (1887), 37. Biennale Venezia, Venice (1976), Muséee des Arts decoratifs, Lausanne (1974)

Erich Spießbach

*1901 Gotha, †1956 Münster

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