Our backs are ideally built. They are flexible and stable, elastic and tough, yet as sensitive as mimosa. Who has not experienced backaches and pains? Almost everyone experiences back pains once in their lifetime. Back problems are by far the most expensive ailment that humans suffer from.
Do you actively shape the image others have of you? What are we trying to achieve by changing our appearance with the help of make-up and other means? The skin in its function as carrier of various forms of body decoration is subject to a wide range of trends: people use skin as a surface to apply make-up, incise, paint, brand, pierce, add on or remove. This is always done with the intention of communicating a message and an image to the world. The exhibition "Make-up" takes a closer look at the subject of body styling in its social context and the practices people follow. The focus is on make-up, body painting, tattooing, piercing, scarification and body modifications that even go deeper under the skin.
This major exhibition presents the work of three eminently important modern artists of three different generations: Piet Mondrian (Amersfoort/Netherlands 1872 – 1944 New York), Barnett Newman (New York 1905 – 1970 New York), and Dan Flavin (New York 1933 – 1996 Riverhead, N.Y.). All three dedicated themselves to abstract art, but each did so under very different spiritual and cultural premises.
How was manhood defined and how was it depicted? How did men view themselves? What characteristics defined masculinity? Showcasing objects from our own collection, the exhibition will highlight the role of men in the Greek society, family and sexuality. Another exclusively male field, sports, is the topic of an exhibition in the Skulpturhalle Basel.