May 27, 2019 - Kunstmuseum Bonn - MASK
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May 27, 2019

Kunstmuseum Bonn

Martine Gutierrez, Masking, Green-Grape Mask, p51 from Indigenous Woman, 2018. C-Print monted on Sintra, 50.8 x 40.6 cm. Courtesy the artist and RYAN LEE Gallery, New York. © Martine Gutierrez.

MASK
The Art of Transformation
May 30–August 25, 2019

Kunstmuseum Bonn
Helmut-Kohl-Allee 2
53113 Bonn
Germany
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–6pm,
Wednesday 11am–9pm

T +49 228 776260
F +49 228 776220
kunstmuseum@bonn.de

www.kunstmuseum-bonn.de
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MASK
The Art of Transformation
May 30–August 25, 2019

Kunstmuseum Bonn
Helmut-Kohl-Allee 2
53113 Bonn
Germany
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–6pm,
Wednesday 11am–9pm

T +49 228 776260
F +49 228 776220
kunstmuseum@bonn.de

www.kunstmuseum-bonn.de
Facebook / Instagram

People have always been fascinated by masks in all eras and cultures. When placed upon the face, a mask changes its wearer into someone or something new while simultaneously offering protection and connecting the individual with the outer world.

Especially in the visual arts of modernism, in the movements of Dada, Surrealism and Expressionism, there was great interest in masks. Artists such as Hannah Höch, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Meret Oppenheim and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff took up the theme repeatedly. After the art of modernism, it is the art of our present era that focusses with remarkable frequency on the mask and its paradoxical possibilities of revelation and concealment, of disguise and (digital) self-optimization, thereby treating themes of particular importance in a society which generates new faces non-stop in both the real and virtual realms.

This exhibition of international modern and contemporary art turns its attention to the masked individual as well as to the performative act of the individual wearing a mask in its social and political context. With high-quality loans and some new works produced for it specifically, the exhibition inquires into how artists integrate and transform characteristics and issues associated with masks in their own creative production.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a substantial catalogue available from Wienand publishers with texts by Stephan Berg, Barbara J. Scheuermann and Richard Weihe.

Curator: Dr. Barbara J. Scheuermann

Press contact: Kristina Thrien, T 0228 77 6209 / kristina.thrien [​at​] bonn.de

Current and upcoming exhibitions:

STEREO_TYPES
Works from the Graphic Collection of the Kunstmuseum Bonn
March 21–June 2, 2019

Monika Baer
Award of the Dieter Krieg Foundation 2019
April 30–June 16, 2019

Nanne Meyer
Good Grounds
June 27–October 6, 2019

Now!
Young Painting in Germany
September 19, 2019– January 19, 2020


Supported by the Hans Fries-Stiftung.

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