Who or what makes a man? How did the one half of society define, reflect on, and present itself over the last forty years? Whereas female artists are often viewed in the category of "gender", this is a novel situation for male artists. The results are that women’s emancipation in the Western world gave female artists the freedom to stage themselves as the subject of art and firmly established women-specific issues in art. Hence the feminist movement in art is well-established in art’s leading institutions. But there is never just one side to social and cultural changes, and, in the same period, the role of men and their portrayal has undergone a metamorphosis. The exhibition brings together how Western contemporary female and male artists explore the new gender roles and notions of gender norms since the 1960s.
The Kunstmuseum Bern is addressing a key and highly socially relevant topic by mounting this exhibition and publishing the accompanying comprehensive catalog with academic contributions (art historical and sociological). Hitherto, this issue in art was primarily scrutinized from the viewpoint of deviating from and breaking with gender norms. It is the first exhibition to investigate the angle of new norms and their scope of action while also simultaneously integrating the latest academic research (masculinities studies).
The exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Bern addresses heterosexual codified “images of the male” in art, following a number of exhibitions in recent years on the topic of gender relations (Féminin – Masculin, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1995) or engaged with the social arenas relevant for performative staging of gender roles (Das achte Feld [The Eighth Field], Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 2006). The selection of works for the exhibition does not seek to show gender identities that “deviate” from norms, but instead to imbue ideas of “the norm” with new content and hence illustrate the manifold, finely nuanced facets of “being a man” and “masculinity” today.
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