May 27, 2017 - Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen - Duet with Artist
May 27, 2017

Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen

Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled 2015 (MORGEN IST DIE FRAGE), 2015. Specially screen-printed table tennis table and two bats. 76 × 274 × 152.5 cm. Courtesy Rirkrit Tiravanija and neugerriemschneider. © Rirkrit Tiravanija. Photo: Lisa Rastl.

Duet with Artist
Participation as Artistic Principle
May 21–September 3, 2017

Sparda Day: July 2, 11am–5pm

Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
Gustav-Heinemann-Strasse 80
D-51377 Leverkusen
Germany
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11am–5pm,
Thursday 11am–9pm

T +49 214 855560
F +49 214 8555644
museum-morsbroich@kulturstadtlev.de

www.museum-morsbroich.de
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Duet with Artist
Participation as Artistic Principle
May 21–September 3, 2017

Sparda Day: July 2, 11am–5pm

Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
Gustav-Heinemann-Strasse 80
D-51377 Leverkusen
Germany
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11am–5pm,
Thursday 11am–9pm

T +49 214 855560
F +49 214 8555644
museum-morsbroich@kulturstadtlev.de

www.museum-morsbroich.de
Facebook / Instagram

With works by Vito Acconci, Davide Balula, Robert Barry, Joseph Beuys, Angela Bulloch, John Cage, Christian Falsnaes, Claus Föttinger, //////////fur//// art entertainment interfaces, Florian Graf, Rodney Graham, Hans Haacke, Jeppe Hein, Christine Hill, David Horvitz, Pierre Huyghe, Christian Jankowski, Yves Klein, Tomas Kleiner, Mischa Kuball, Dieter Meier, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, OPAVIVARÁ!, Marjetica Potrč und Wapke Feenstra, Antje Schiffers - Myvillages, Tino Sehgal, Gabriel Sierra, David Shrigley, Juergen Staack, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Mary Vieira, Wolf Vostell, Franz Erhard Walther, Gillian Wearing, Franz West, Erwin Wurm, Haegue Yang, and Zentrum für Politische Schönheit

Sparda Day: July 2, 11am–5pm, Free Entrance for guided tours, workshops and more. Sponsered by the Sparda-Bank West's Foundation for Art, Culture, and Social Matters.


The exhibition Duet with Artist. Participation as Artistic Principle spotlights the role that the audience plays in creating an artwork. Duet with Artist features works of more than 30 international artists that are conditioned on the participation of visitors, who create, control or complete artistic processes. At the same time, an extensive historical section examines the history of participatory works since the 1950s.

The active role of the audience transforms the museum institution into a space of possibilities. Just as the participation and involvement of as many social groups as possible in various processes of a democratic community is an essential constitutive element, the exhibition also calls on the audience to take on a formative role. Withdrawing into a passive stance is not an option in either case.

Freedom of action is fundamental for our society—it is up to each of us to defend it and to inspire enthusiasm for it in others. And what better place is there to achieve this than in art, with its arguments that appeal to both the intellect and the senses? The insistence on individual participation and responsibility picks up the thread of the very special history of Museum Morsbroich, which was founded shortly after the end of the Second World War, with the aim of inspiring critical, experimental, forward-looking thought among the city’s population following years of dictatorship.

Within this range of themes, Duet with Artist showcases international artistic positions aimed at different forms of public participation. In addition to purely intellectual implications, the focus is also on action-based forms such as interaction, collaboration or cooperation. Such active forms of participation and dialogue also form key aspects of the current sociopolitical debate because they provide impetus with regard to the way we live together in society. By means of the selected works, the exhibition Duet with Artist invites visitors to examine the various aspects involved on an intellectual, cognitive level and also to get directly involved in the creative process.

Curator of the exhibition is Stefanie Kreuzer.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication that is intended to serve as an open archive that is individually expandable and thus variable. The concept was developed by Mischa Kuball in collaboration with the graphic designer Petra Hollenbach; with essays by Raimar Stange and Friederike Wappler, a preface by Markus Heinzelmann and Stella Rollig, and an introduction by Stefanie Kreuzer (Verlag für moderne Kunst, German/English).

The exhibition also stands for a duet of museums: as a partner for this cooperation, Museum Morsbroich has chosen the 21er Haus, that will be mounting an adapted version of the show in Vienna.

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