January 12, 2012 - Frankfurter Kunstverein - Demonstrations. Making Normative Orders
January 12, 2012

Demonstrations. Making Normative Orders

Massimo Vitali, “Picnic Allée,” 2000.
Courtesy of the artist.

Making Normative Orders

20 January–25 March 2012

19 January 2012, 8 pm

Frankfurter Kunstverein


The exhibition project Demonstrations. Making Normative Orders is a cooperation between the Frankfurter Kunstverein and the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at Goethe University Frankfurt. The starting point is the interdisciplinary approach to and analysis of aesthetic responses to the idea of the ‘demonstration’ through a range of media, including historical and contemporary paintings, graphic works, photographs, installations, videos, sound pieces as well as performances. Rather than focusing on specific conflict situations, the exhibition presents a diversity of artist responses to the topic and conveys how political events resonate in the aesthetics of works of art.

Historical paintings and graphic works on view include scenes of homage and coronations as demonstrations of power, outstanding examples of the protest movement of the Vormärz period, and representations of the events of the March Revolution of 1848 and the first German National Assembly. These works are placed in dialogue and correspondence with themes addressed by contemporary artists. The exhibition specifically explores the elements of movement and blockade, showing and representation, doubt and legitimization.

An important part of the exhibition will be the numerous performances to be carried out at the Frankfurter Kunstverein or in the Frankfurt public space with the aim of examining rituals, behavioural codices and demonstration forms, or generating unaccustomed types of movement in the public realm. All of the performances will bear a close relationship to the works on view in the exhibition. Apart from the presentation of more than forty international artistic positions in the exhibition and performance parts, the project will also encompass an extensive framework programme of discussions in which numerous humanities scholars and social scientists working within the framework of the Cluster of Excellence will participate.

AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY: Bani Abidi, Jost Amman, Claudia Bosse, Irina Botea, Wilhelm Bülow, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Discoteca Flaming Star, Ludwig von Elliot, Johann Georg Funck und Michael Rößler, Dani Gal & Achim Lengerer, François Georgin, James Gillray, Jana Gunstheimer, Nicoline van Harskamp, Johann Peter Hasenclever, Sharon Hayes, Alexander Hoepfner, Johann Jakob Kirchhoff, Noël Lemire, les trucs, Lovefuckers, Peter Lynen, Marcello Maloberti, Anna Mendelssohn, Rabih Mroué, F.G. Nordmann, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Alfred Rethel, Henry Ritter, Julian Röder, Yorgos Sapountzis, Sandra Schäfer, Georg Schlicht, Eske Schlüters, Adolf Schroedter, Schwabinggrad Ballett, NOH Suntag, Johann Susenbeth, Sarah Vanagt, Massimo Vitali, Aalam Wassef, Nazim Ünal Yilmaz, et al.

CURATORS: Sabine Witt, Britta Peters, Fanti Baum

CATALOGUE: Accompanying the exhibition a comprehensive catalogue is being published including numerous research-based articles as well as a large number of illustrations, edited jointly by Frankfurter Kunstverein and the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at Goethe University Frankfurt and published by Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Nuremberg.

FUNDED BY: The Goethe University Frankfurt, the German Research Foundation and the German Federal Cultural Foundation

OPENING HOURS: Tues, Thurs and Fri: 11 am–7 pm, Wed: 11 am–9 pm, Sat, Sun: 10 am–7 pm

Julia Wittwer, Anna Goetz, phone: +49.69.219314-30/-40, email: presse [​at​] fkv.de, www.fkv.de

CLUSTER OF EXCELLENCE: Peter Siller, phone: +49.69.798.25272, email: peter.siller [​at​] normativeorders.net, www.normativeorders.net

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