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  • Kai Althoff, Aleph, 1999.

    Kai Althoff, Aleph, 1999.

    Kai Althoff

    ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
    25 Harbor Shore Drive
    May 26–September 6, 2004

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)
    220 East Chicago Avenue
    September 23, 2004–January 16, 2005

    Curated by Nicholas Baume

    Tormented, sweet, angry, expressionistic, nostalgic, utterly contemporary—Kai Althoff’s eclectic artwork is all that and more. The Cologne-based artist is known on American shores mostly for watercolors and oils that evoke nineteenth-century German history, folklore, and Biedermeier genre scenes or, in darker moments, the baleful narratives of George Grosz. But Althoff’s first survey at a US museum includes over 140 works in a range of media from the past twenty-five years: paintings, photography, works on paper, installations, and videos, as well as audio presentation of his musical output. The artist-as-polymath also collaborated on the design for the catalogue, which includes essays by Clarissa Dalrymple and Diedrich Diederichsen.

    Travels to the MCA, Chicago, Sept. 23–Jan. 16, 2005.