Curated by Anne-Marie Bonnet
Stephan Baumkötter, Laurenz Berges, Karla Black, Ecke Bonk, Patrycja German, Michelle Grabner, Tamara Grcic, Alex Grein, Young-Jae Lee, Keti Kapanadze, Inga Kerber, Maik & Dirk Löbbert, Stefan Löffelhardt, Hannes Malte Mahler, Michaela Melián, Martin Pfeifle, Ivo Ringe, Heather Sheehan, Kiki Smith, Stefan Vogel
12 November 2019, 7 p.m.
Prof. Dr. Anne-Marie Bonnet
17 December 2019, 7 p.m.
Prof. Dr. Anne-Marie Bonnet, Kunsthistorisches Institut der Universität Bonn, Prof. Dr. Dr. Werner Gephart, Director of Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Recht als Kultur” der Universität Bonn, Prof. Michelle Grabner, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, artist
21 January 2020, 7 p.m.
Prof. Dr. Anne-Marie Bonnet, Kunsthistorisches Institut der Universität Bonn, Prof. Stephan Baumkötter, Hochschule für Künste Bremen, Artist, Tamara Grcic, Artist, Prof. em. Dr. phil., Lic. theol. Friedhelm Mennekes, Prof. Dr. Rainer Schäfer, Institut für Philosophie, Universität Bonn
Beauty is mystery, incentive to search, motivation, sensual and intellectual challenge. It can be a temptation, a trap, and yet it is the touchstone between existence and appearance. Does one see, feel, understand or recognise it? It can be felt, heard, lived and often instrumentalized. Mirror, mirror on the wall, tell me: What is beauty in art?
“La possibilité du plaisir peut-être un commencement de beauté.” (The possibility of pleasure is perhaps a beginning of beauty.) said Marcel Proust. Beauty as a promise: Who expects what from it? One encounters it in everyday life and in nature. When and how does one become aware of it? When do you allow it to happen, do you get involved with it? How many ways are there to beauty? Isn’t it a characteristic of good art to re-cartograph our sensitivity and sensibility, to open up new territories of thought? Jean de Loisy, curator of the exhibition ‘Beauty’ (Avignon, 2000): “La beauté est d’autant plus intéressante, plus vibrante et plus insolente, qu’elle élargit notre champ des sensiblité et qu’elle ouvre des territoires nouveaux” (Beauty is all the more interesting, vibrant and impertinent the more it expands the field of our sensations and opens up new territories).
In everyday life (advertising, cosmetics), the concept of ‘beauty’ is both instrumentally charged and emptied. In the world of art, it has been too classic, too idealized, too standardized, as it were taboo and ultimately eurocentric since the 20th century. André Breton said: “La beauté sera convulsive ou ne sera pas! (Beauty will be convulsive or not!) and still dared to argue with it, but only to redefine it against the clichés of academic expectations of ideality.
The exhibition ‘Beauty!?’ now dares the first artistic occasions to exchange views on whether and, if so, how fine art is able to negotiate beauty.
Special thanks to Ecke Bonk for the artistic design of the invitation card.
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Barbara Gross Galerie, Jahn und Jahn, Aurel Scheibler, Galerie Anke Schmidt