Stage of Life - Rhetorics of Emotion
8 April – 9 July 2006, Lenbachhaus Munich
The exhibition, Stage of Life – Rhetorics of Emotion was not a reaction to a current state of everyday political and social events. Rather, it attempted to capture the incomprehensibility and the ineffability of works of art in its moment. The subjective experience of love and isolation, of mourning, melancholy, and happiness, of age and youth, longing and fulfilment, illusion, confusion, and despair are the material that the exhibited works are made of. They do not just concern themselves with the possibilities of representing whatever is vague or cannot be evaluated, but also with the question of if and how the recipient can be brought to experience these qualities. For the curators, this exhibition was an attempt to find a formulation for what the word emotion in its broadest sense can encompass, and for an opportunity to reach the recipient directly through the works of art.
Fikret Atay, Michael Beutler, Gerard Byrne, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Olafur Eliasson, Cerith Wyn Evans, Matias Faldbakken, Isa Genzken, Liam Gillick, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Jesper Just, Romuald Karmakar, Sarah Morris, Mark Raidpere, Benny Nemerowsky Ramsay, Jeroen de Rijke / Willem de Rooij, Michael Sailstorfer, Markus Schinwald and Gavin Turk.
Stage of Life – Rhetorics of Emotion: An Investigation in Seven Chapters, with an essay by Juliane Rebentisch was published on the occasion of the exhibition by Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus München, Künstler, Autoren und Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Köing, Köln in 2006.
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