Migros Museum

When Humour Becomes Painful

27 Aug - 30 Oct 2005

© Lutz/Guggisberg, Brut (2005), Wood, dimensions variable
When Humour Becomes Painful
August 27, 2005 until October 30, 2005

From Dada to Fluxus, Conceptual art to the nineties generation, humour has been at the core of art as both a visual strategy and a philosophical process. Rather than straightforwardly presenting the comic, satire, irony or the grotesque, the theme of this exhibition is art that makes a precise incision into the mechanisms of humour itself. When we get hung out to dry, exposed, unsure of whether the poignancy allows us to laugh or cry. When humour becomes painful.

Martin Kippenberger
Jean-Frédéric Schnyder
Bruce Nauman
Vito Acconci
George Maciunas
Hans-Peter Feldmann
Sigmar Polke
Anna und Bernhard Blume
Jürgen Klauke
Boyd Webb
Alex Bag
Jan Fabre
John Miller
John Bock
Mark Wallinger
Martin Parr
Peter Land
Thomas Zipp
Jake & Dinos Chapman
Beagles & Ramsay
Rachel Harrison
Olaf Breuning
Aidas Bareikis
Joseph Beuys
Piero Manzoni
Knopp Ferro
Klara Liden


Tags: Vito Acconci, Alex Bag, Aidas Bareikis, Joseph Beuys, Anna & Bernhard Blume, Bernhard Blume, John Bock, Olaf Breuning, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Jan Fabre, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Lutz & Guggisberg, Rachel Harrison, Martin Kippenberger, Jürgen Klauke, Peter Land, Klara Liden, George Maciunas, Piero Manzoni, John Miller, Bruce Nauman, Martin Parr, Sigmar Polke, Beagles & Ramsay, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Mark Wallinger, Fischli & Weiss, Thomas Zipp