“Einleuchten: Will, Vorstel, Und Simul In HH”

Deichtorhallen Hamburg

Anniversaries were the cause: the harbor of Hamburg is 800 years old, and Kurt A. Körber, the sponsor of the Deichtorhallen, is 80 years old. Einleuchten (Illumination), Harald Szeemann’s three-generations show, was also an anniversary for him as a curator. Twenty years ago, in Bern, he was a Dr. Livingstone, who explored the precarious terrain of a processual “social anti-form,” as he called it, in the exhibition “When Attitude Becomes Form.” In Hamburg, with 57 artists, including 14 from his erstwhile Bern team, he celebrated Einleuchten as a missa solemnis. At Documenta 5, 1972, in Kassel, it was Szeemann who introduced, for the first time, the parallel pictorial world of new media into the exhibition. Now, in Hamburg, he has left that world largely to the young artists of D & S (different and simulated) in the Kunstverein and the Kunsthaus. Even the Schopenhauerian subtitle Will,

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