previews

  • Darren Almond

    Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen - K20
    Grabbeplatz 5
    February 26–May 29, 2005

    Curated by Julian Heynen and Stefanie Jansen

    As a young trainspotter in Britain, Darren Almond became intimately acquainted with the world of clocks and timetables. Perhaps that’s how his obsession with time started. Involving slow-motion and real-time transmissions, many of his works elicit intensified experiences of temporality: the chronology of the body as well as time measured by clocks. In fact, Almond’s works make duration viscerally felt, by turns painful and soothing. The largest show of the artist’s work in Germany to date, this survey comprises some twenty films, photographs, and sculptures from the past eight years. Also included are Almond’s films made during recent trips to Antarctica and the Arctic, those axes of time and space.

  • Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Der sterbende blinde Löwe im Gebet oder die geschändete Kraft, 1946, color crayon on cardboard, 20 x 28 3/4". From “Inflamed with Art.”

    Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Der sterbende blinde Löwe im Gebet oder die geschändete Kraft, 1946, color crayon on cardboard, 20 x 28 3/4". From “Inflamed with Art.”

    “Inflamed with Art: Dubuffet and Art Brut”

    Museum Kunstpalast
    Ehrenhof 4-5
    February 19–May 29, 2005

    Curated by Jean-Hubert Martin, Lucienne Peiry, Michel Thévoz, and Mattijs Visser

    Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985), who amused himself at times by reading the comedies of Terence in the original Latin, nevertheless asserted that he preferred the inventions of art brut to the “parrot-like processes” of “cultural art”—a torturous but fruitful aporia that occupied him for much of his life. The largest show of art brut to date, this exhibition allows comparisons between 117 of Dubuffet’s own artistic productions and those of some fifty brut artists, from the Swiss Aloïse to Henry Darger by way of other less famous but equally enigmatic artists. Also included is a selection of works from the collection largely assembled by German psychiatrist Hans Prinzhorn, author in 1922 of Artistry of the Mentally Ill.