Beauty is nearly impossible to define. Every era, every generation, every one of us pursues our own culturally specific criteria and conventions for assessing beauty or trying to subvert it. Fleeting, ephemeral and yet omnipresent, beauty can barely be captured. It is only rarely undisputed, sometimes cumbersome and difficult to access. Beauty and art have always been closely linked.
The book accompanying the exhibition STRANGE BEAUTY shows examples from the second half of the 20th century to the present of how well-known, but also young contemporary artists, thematically approach beauty, which is often hidden, in the most varied and often surprising ways.
Artists: Rania Akl, Gerhard Altenbourg, Nikos Aslanidis, Roger Ballen, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Bertozzi & Casoni, Herbert Beck, Louise Bourgeois, Joachim Brohm, Jewgeni Chaldej, Lucien Clergue, Gehard Demetz, Lorenza Diaz, Joachim Elzmann, Katsura Funakoshi, Marianna Gartner, Wolf Hamm, Aspassio Haronitaki, Damien Hirst, Gerhard Hoehme, Leiko Ikemura, Monica Ursina Jäger, Lia Kazakou, Julia Kissina, Jürgen Klauke, Susanne Kühn, Daecheon Lee, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, Robert Longo, Robert Lucander, Xavier Mascaró, Richard Mosse, Hartmut Neumann, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Chris Reinecke, Katharina Schilling, Norbert Schwontkowski, Valentina Seidel, Norbert Tadeusz, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Miriam Vlaming, Stefan à Wengen, Robert Wilson, Thomas Wrede
Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
Text: Charles Baudelaire, Kirsten Nordahl
Softcover, 24 x 20 cm
128 pages, 115 illustrations
Dusseldorf / 10 November 2017 – 26 January 2018