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Curatorial Tour 

Exhibition Tour 

© Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Photo: Philipp Meuser

With Cristina Ricupero and Jörg Heiser, curators of the exhibition
Guided tour in English
Free, plus admission to the exhibition

In a guided tour of the current exhibition RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness and Enthusiasm, curators Cristina Ricupero and Jörg Heiser offer in-depth insights into the artworks on display as well as the curatorial and design concept of the production.

The epoch-spanning exhibition explores the attitude of enthusiastic awkwardness in modern and contemporary art through approximately 100 artistic positions from around the world. Thematic sections feature a number of works by significant artists – from Martin Kippenberger, Hans Richter, and Isa Genzken to younger positions in contemporary art such as Paul McCarthy, Nicole Eisenman, and Ashley Hans Scheirl. RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! flirts with the humor of disaster, bad taste, the camp approach, B‑Movie culture, science fiction, idiocy, intuition, and, last but not least, 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 Graz/​Universalmuseum Joanneum

The tour begins at 12 pm at HALLE FÜR KUNST and continues at Neue Galerie Graz.


Participating artists

Cristina Ricupero

is an independent curator and art critic based in Paris. She has curated exhibitions worldwide and is known for her special interest in social issues and in constructing a storyline through an exhibition. This approach is evident in projects such as the 9th Busan Biennale, Divided We Stand, South Korea (2018), where Ricupero served as artistic director, together with Jörg Heiser; We Never Sleep, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2020 – 21); The Crime Was Almost Perfect, Witte de With in Rotterdam and PAC-Milan (2014); and Secret Societies, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt and CAPC de Bordeaux (2011 – 12).

Jörg Heiser

is an art critic, curator, and university lecturer. At the University of the Arts in Berlin, he is Director of the Institute for Art in Context. For twenty years he worked as an editor for frieze magazine. His books include All of a Sudden: Things That Matter in Contemporary Art (2008) and Double Lives in Art and Pop Music (2019). Since 2004, he has curated numerous group exhibitions, including Romantic Conceptualism, Kunsthalle Nuremberg and BAWAG Foundation, Vienna (2007); in 2018 he was co-curator, with artistic director Cristina Ricupero, of the Busan Biennale in South Korea. His most recently published book is Freiheit ist kein Bild (Freedom Is Not a Picture, 2021); the reader Das Recht auf Erinnerung und die Realität der Städte (Public Art: The Right to Remember and the Reality of Cities), co-edited with Andreas Wissen, is forthcoming from Distanz in 2022

© Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Photo: Philipp Meuser