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Ridiculously Yours! 
Art, Awkwardness and Enthusiasm 

Catalog, 2023
18 × 24,5 cm, 256 Seiten 

18 × 24.5 cm
256 pages
numerous illustrations in colour and b/​w

Edited by:
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, November 2022

HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Neue Galerie Graz/​Universalmuseum Joanneum, Deichtorhallen Hamburg/​Sammlung Falckenberg

With contributions by: 
Eva Kraus, Jörg Heiser & Cristina Ricupero, Charlie Fox, Jean-Yves ­Jouannais, Rhonda Lieberman, Sianne Ngai, Noemi Smolik und Timotheus Vermeulen

Graphic design:
Anne Stock, Zurich

Anne Stock using an illustration by Adrien Rovero

DISTANZ Verlag, Berlin 


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The catalog is published on the occasion of the exhibition RIDICULOUSLY YOURS! Art, Awkwardness and Enthusiasm at Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, HALLE FÜR KUNST Styria and Neue Galerie Graz. The exhibition was initiated and conceived by Jörg Heiser and Cristina Ricupero.


In modernism, and especially in the classical avant-gardes of the early 20th century, there is a very specific dialectic at work: on the one hand, there are bold innovations, radical negation, and aesthetic dogmas. On the other, there is also an infectious kind of laughter. Enthusiastic awkwardness” or clumsiness was the basis of many artproductions and still is today. The humor of catastrophe and bad taste, Dadaism, camp, trash culture (B- and Z‑movies), science fiction, and horror are some of the many ­facets that will be presented in the exhibition project Ridiculously Yours?! Art, Awkwardness and Enthusiasm at the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn.


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