Barcelona

Joseph Beuys, Cosmos und Damian, 1973.

Joseph Beuys, Cosmos und Damian, 1973.

Barcelona

The Beauty of Failure/The Failure of Beauty

Fundació Joan Miró
Parc de Montjuïc s/n
May 28–October 24, 2004

Curated by Harald Szeemann

Harald Szeemann’s latest curatorial endeavor aims to examine those pesky wrinkles inevitably woven into any “utopian” fabric. His exhibition constellates a far-ranging group of artists from the nineteenth century to the present—including Henry Fuseli, Margarethe Fellerer, Bruce Nauman, and Thomas Hirschhorn—whose diverse practices and media reveal the fault line between solipsistic, phantasmic utopia and an overpopulated, politically volatile planet. Szeemann (who, along with Ralf Beil, Roger Fornoff, and others, contributes to the show’s trilingual catalogue) makes pit stops along the trail of great dreams to revisit such crumbling monuments as the total work of art while pointing to what he sees as today’s anti-utopic urge.