Herz, Reiz & Gefühl (Heart, Allure & Feeling)
13. 07. 2014 – 19. 10. 2014
Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig
An exhibition marking the 250th anniversary of the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig
Adam Friedrich Oeser, Anna Baranowski, Peggy Buth, Viktoria Binschtok, FAMED, Matthias Hamann, Bettina Hutschek, Oliver Klimpel / William Haggard, Julius Popp, Fabian Reimann, Ricarda Roggan, Hans-Christian Schink, VIP Venus in Panik, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Tobias Zielony
Celebrations to mark the 250th anniversary of the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig will feature representative work by graduates over the last 20 years, focusing on the artistic genres of installation, photography, film and conceptual art, which in addition to painting and illustration have defined teaching at the Academy for many years. The invited artists are united in their equally dedicated and analytical view of the complex phenomena apparent in the reality of contemporary life. In their work, some of which was created specifically for the exhibition, they negotiate current and topical problems such as the destruction of nature, war, gender questions and social inequality. In doing so they aspire to the artistic maxims of young Goethe, one of the most prominent students under Friedrich Oeser, the first Director of the Academy, who described subjective perception and orientation toward social developments as essential aspects of artistic endeavour in response to the rationality of enlightenment. A selection of Oeser's sketches provides the exhibition with a historical matrix, entering into a stylistically and topically exciting dialogue with the contemporary artworks.
The exhibition catalogue, edited by Ana Dimke and Hans-Werner Schmidt, is published by Mitteldeutscher Verlag. Comprising approximately 100 pages and containing numerous illustrations, it is available from the museum bookstore Wasmuth and other bookshops.