It's no longer as simple as it was before: modern men do the washing up, look after their children and are considerate and sometimes weak, whilst the ideal persists of a rational man, who dominates political and economic life and supports his family. Our perception of men has become inconsistent and is constantly changing. The "Wann ist man ein Mann?" (When is a man a man?) exhibition at the Museum of Ancient Art questions the perception of men in Ancient Greece: how was masculinity defined and how was it artistically represented? How did "man" see himself? What was considered to be typically masculine at that time? With the help of selected collector's pieces, this exhibition examines the role of men in Greek society and family life.
Tinguely's "Méta-Matic" drawing machines were one of his most radical inventions. In 2009 the "Metamatic Research Initiative" in Amsterdam mounted a large competition to explore the potential of drawing machines for art today. Ten selected projects with a wide variety of perspectives prove the continued relevance of the theme, amongst them a performance by Marina Abramovic, a large environment by Thomas Hirschhorn, and an installation Jon Kessler.
The exhibition Georg Baselitz: A Visit to Ernst Ludwig brings together paintings, sculptures and drawings from different creative periods from 1980 to the present day.The starting point is formed by central works from the early 1980s, such as The Family (1980), Lovers (1984), Dinner in Dresden and its remix version The Bridge Ghost's Supper (2006), and the parallel series of pen-and-ink drawings of heads (Brücke artists), boots/shoes and variations on the hand of Sylvia von Harden, which Baselitz borrowed from the famous painting by Otto Dix. Georg Baselitz took up the theme of the family once again in 2011 in several large-format paintings, and in 2012 he painted several double portraits of Edvard Munch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff and Erich Heckel from negatives, reconnecting to the spirit of the Brücke. The exhibition will also show the monumental sculpture Sing Sang Zero (2011) and its accompanying drawings. In 2005 Georg Baselitz made the decision to create new and different versions of paintings he had created decades before. Prior to this he had developed cycles of souvenir pictures after old family photographs and his own childhood drawings. Apart from the 'Russian paintings', which paraphrase icons of socialist realism, Baselitz now created paintings and drawings, described as remixes, as the result of a retrospective examination of his own work. He operates with great lightness and clear colours on white canvases; the fresh, swiftly worked remix images have the impression of ironic gestures of recollection, and reveal an exceedingly lively artist in the process of wresting intriguing and inspiring compositions from his previous work.
Ruth et Onorio PetraliaArlette DarbellayJocelyne Caccamo-HaldiHolzartBékébéDélia Zimmermann