Kunsthalle Zürich

Building Modern Bodies

The Art of Bodybuilding

21 Nov 2015 - 07 Feb 2016

Installation view: Kunsthalle Zürich 2015
Photo: Thomas Strub
The Art of Bodybuilding
21 November 2015 - 7 February 2016

Curated by Jörg Scheller

This is not an art exhibition. It is an exhibition that deals with art indirectly—specifically, with the transformation of the human body into a work of art in bodybuilding. Since the late 19th century, bodybuilding has represented the artistic and aesthetic face of modern body culture. Since bodybuilders do not strive to achieve strength in itself, but the image of strength, pictures play an important role in their craft. By forming their bodies as sculptors once did with blocks of marble, they give the modern ideal of self-optimization a concrete form: sculpo, ergo sum. As self-sculptures, they not only embody the artist and the artwork in one, but also museums and restorers. While sports and fitness have no place in an art museum, bodybuilding is predestined for this place.

With works of Anke Haarmann, Ana Hofmann, Ewa Kasperek, Lea Rasovszky, Rico & Michael, Martin Schoeller

Visitors are welcome to use the weightlifting area in the middle of the room. This offers those who not only want to consume art, but to become a work of art themselves both the opportunity and the inspiration to do so. A changing room is also available.