Animism


2012, Mar 16, Fri — 2012, May 06, Sun

Animism, view of the exhibition | © Arwed Messmer

Animism, view of the exhibition | © Arwed Messmer

Marcel Broodthaers | Caricatures – Grandville, 1968, Colour slide | © Courtesy Estate Marcel Broodthaers, Brüssel I Brussels

Marcel Broodthaers | Caricatures – Grandville, 1968, Colour slide | © Courtesy Estate Marcel Broodthaers, Brüssel I Brussels

Animism, view of the exhibition | © Arwed Messmer

Animism, view of the exhibition | © Arwed Messmer

Len Lye | Tusalava, 1929, Filmstill | © Courtesy New Zealand Film Archive Nga Kaitiaki O Nga Taonga Whitiahua and Len Lye Foundation / Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Wellington

Len Lye | Tusalava, 1929, Filmstill | © Courtesy New Zealand Film Archive Nga Kaitiaki O Nga Taonga Whitiahua and Len Lye Foundation / Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Wellington

How do we distinguish things from beings? The exhibition “Animism” examines the delineation between life and non-life on the basis of aesthetic symptoms.

The scientific positivism of modernity was based on the categorical separation of nature and culture, of the subjective and objective world. Animism stood for the counter-image of this self-concept. It is at this juncture that the exhibition intervenes. With works by some 30 international artists, curator Anselm Franke transforms the Haus der Kulturen der Welt into a self-reflexive “anthropological museum of modernity”.

With works by:
Adam Avikainen, Artefakte//anti-humboldt, Angela Melitopoulos und Maurizio Lazzarato, Tom Holert, Martin Zillinger und Anja Dreschke, Dierk Schmidt, Jimmie Durham, Daria Martin, Paulo Tavares, Agentur, Len Lye, Walt Disney, Ken Jacobs, Marcel Broodthaers, Didier Demorcy, Vincent Monnikendam, Candida Höfer, Yayoi Kusama, Victor Grippo, León Ferrari, J.J. Grandville, Rosemarie Trockel, Erik Steinbrecher, Daniel Spoerri, Istvan Orosz, Lars Laumann, David Maljkovic, Anna und Bernhard Blume, Roee Rosen, Hans Richter, Jean Painlevé, Walon Green a.o.