05.05.2007 to 19.08.2007
Works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection
In commemoration of the American artist Jason Rhoades who died recently, this exhibition looks at the subject of trash in art from the 1960s onwards. Besides works by Jason Rhoades, there are installations, sculptures, paintings, photographs, and graphic works by artists who have incorporated the materials or imagery of trash into their art.
With their piles of plastic waste and other scrap materials, Dieter Roth, Daniel Spoerri, Isa Genzken, and Jason Rhoades elevate that which has been declared as worthless rubbish into the realms of art. The "Materialaktionen" of Otto Mühl and Paul McCarthy, material-rich happenings, confront the spectator with "dirty" images which provoke repulsion and disgust. A trashy painting style and acrid irony are the weapons with which Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen battle against hollow pathos and "regressive" expressivity. All these artists move between the definition of form on the one hand and its dissolution on the other. In doing so, they touch upon the questions of transcience and the survival of civilisation.