Cult of the Artist: "I can't just slice off an ear every day"
Deconstructing the Myth of the Artist
Works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection in the Hamburger Bahnhof, the Collections of the National Museums in Berlin and Other Collections
3 October 2008 - 22 February 2009
Influenced to some extent by the discourse of the "death of the author" and paralleled by a critical confrontation of art as an institution, artists have interrogated and deconstructed a range of stereotypes associated with an often masculinized ideal of creative genius.
In the process, conventional models of authorship have been critically scrutinized, along with traditional notions of masculine and feminine creativity. At times humorously, at times sarcastically, at times even destructively, the status of the artist within the art world has been the object of sustained reflection, and categories such as authenticity and subjectivity interrogated.
A variety of approaches to deconstructing the myth of the artist since the 1960s have foregrounded the ambivalence of the artist's perennial role, located between decomposition and affirmation, and have provoked discussion of the societal expectations of the artistic personality.
On display are works by Francis Al˙s, Art & Language, Azorro, Bernadette Corporation, George Brecht, Marcel Broodthaers, Marcel Duchamp, Maria Eichhorn, VALIE EXPORT, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, FLUXUS, Andrea Fraser, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Richard Jackson, Christian Jankowski, Martin Kippenberger, Sarah Lucas, Paul McCarthy, Bruce Nauman, Adrian Piper, Pipilotti Rist, Ugo Rondinone, Dieter Roth, Ed Ruscha, Antje Schiffers, Cindy Sherman, Mladen Stilinović, Sturtevant, Vibeke Tandberg, Lawrence Weiner from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, the collections of the National Museums in Berlin and other collections.