29 October 2003 – 4 January 2004
This wide-ranging exhibition at the Frankfurt Kunstverein, on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Theodor W. Adorno, reflected on the legacy, influence and also critical altercation with Adorno and the concept of the "sovereignty of art" which he coined.
The exhibition focused on Adorno's international reverberations particularly the influence of critical theory on conceptual art as well as later critical approaches of institutions and the phenomena of pop culture. This point of access to Adorno had not previously been shown in the context of a group exhibition. Furthermore, the complexity of his thinking was transferred into a visual form without levelling the contradictions between the "culture industry" and artistic practice, or "negative dialectics" and factual production.
Carl Andre, Art & Language, Samuel Beckett, Martin Boyce, Andre Cadere, Martin Creed, Thomas Demand, Jason Dodge, Maria Eichhorn, Peter Friedl, Isa Genzken, Liam Gillick, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Louise Lawler, Euan MacDonald, John Massey, Gustav Metzger, Jonathan Monk, Sarah Morris, Bruce Nauman, Kirsten Pieroth, Mathias Poledna, Stephen Prina, Florian Pumhösl, Ad Reinhardt, Gerhard Richter, Markus Schinwald, Andreas Slominski, Lawrence Weiner, Christopher Williams and Cerith Wyn Evans.
The exhibition catalogue was published in two parts with contributions from Norbert Bolz, Peter Bürger, Alex Demirovic, Diedrich Diederichsen, Alexander Garcia Düttmann, Michael Hirsch, Christoph Menke, Willem van Reijen, Martin Seel, Isabelle Graw and Georg Schöllhammer.
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