• “Cult of the Artist”

    Various Venues
    Various Venues
    October 3, 2008–February 22, 2009

    Curated by Peter-Klaus Schuster

    Taking full advantage of Berlin’s centralized museum system, Peter-Klaus Schuster, general director of the city’s public museums and head of the Nationalgalerie, celebrates his impending retirement with a colossal “Ring” of ten large exhibitions all centered on the cult of the artist. (The Wagnerian echo is clearly intended.) Hans von Marées, Beuys, and Warhol are the first of the (exclusively male) artist-heroes receiving personal surveys; subsequent shows are dedicated to Giacometti, Klee, Koons, and a double bill of Karl Friedrich Schinkel and the poet Clemens Brentano. Constructions and deconstructions of the myth of the artist from antiquity to today will be elaborated more broadly in three other exhibitions—but the self-generated myth of the supercurator may emerge as the actual theme of this über-event.