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exhibition
from 18.11.2011 to 26.02.2012

Ghosts and Magic

Constructions of the Irrational in Art since Füssli

JOSEPH BEUYS · ANNA & BERNHARD BLUME · ULLA VON BRANDENBURG · LILI FISCHER · TOBIAS GERBER · CHRISTIAN JANKOW SKI · SIGMAR POLKE · ARNULF RAINER · THOMAS SCHÜTTE · NINA VON SECKENDORFF · ANTONI TÀPIES · MIWA YANAGI

JOHANN H. FÜSSLI UND SHAKESPEARES WELT DER GEISTER · GOETHE UND DER FAUST-STOFF · GABRIEL VON MAX UND DER SPIRITISMUS · JAPANISCHE GESPENSTERGESCHICHTEN IM UKIYO-E · ZAUBERVOGEL UND SEEGESPENST – ALFRED KUBIN · PRINZHORN SAMMLUNG PAUL KLEE: GEISTER-LUFT-ZUG

You repeatedly come across them, those themes of the irrational and uncanny scenery, and that includes very contemporary, very young art, too. "Tischrücken" in Sigmar Polke's case, "Gros se Geister" in Thomas Schütte's oeuvre, or fortunetelling by Christian Jankowski. Artists concern themselves with the phenomena of materializations, levitations or psychic mediums and telekinesis. So from what do themes such as ghostlike apparitions, witches, enchantment and magic phenomena in art derive? This exhibition highlights how such representations arise and what structures underlie a seemingly supernatural and supersensory repertoire of images. Alongside contemporary positions there are seven glances back at the history of art, as far back as Johann Heinrich Füssli or the Japanese representations of ghosts in Ukiyo-e, the tradition of the figure of master sorcerer Faust or Gabriel von Max and the spirit cult of the turn of the 20th century. In a dialog between contemporary art and works from other centuries, the exhibition offers an overview of 130 works by 40 artists and focuses firmly on the traditions and intellectual context of such irrational subject matter.