Where is the wind, when it doesn't blow
19 Dec 2009 - 14 Mar 2010
December 19, 2009 - March 14, 2010
For the first time, the exhibition "Where is the wind, when it doesn't blow - Political Comics form Albrecht Dürer to Art Spiegelman" brings together an international spectrum of politically motivated sequential art from the invention of printing to the present day. Examples are shown of a democratic visual language that present general and open propositions communicated primarily in narrative form. The democratic pictorial understanding innate to the comic, to sequential art, which – despite the name – is not necessarily “comic,” brings to a point the pretensions of institutions concerned with communicating art and bridging the gap between art production and the public. The “Political Comics” project seeks to activate these narrative and participatory elements. The exhibition occupies the two floors of the Kunstverein in Hamburg. Whereas on the ground floor sequential art up to the classical modern period is shown in a chamber-musical presentation, the first floor is devoted to more recent and less well-known works from the “visual literature” of the 20th and 21st centuries.The Kunstverein, being an institution borne by civic engagement, has the task of interpreting and communicating the ideas of modern and contemporary art. It is imperative to build bridges between history and the world of today.
Ad Reinhardt, Martin Arnold, Gerd Arntz, Ferdinand Barlog, Berthold Bartosch, Harold Begbie / Francis Carruthers Gould, Steve Bell, Shirley Bogart, Klaus Budzinski / Rainer Hachfeld, Stanley Brouwn, Jacques Callot, Clavé / Godard, Edmond Francois Calvo, Jake und Dinos Chapman, Sue Coe, M. Philip Copp, Stephen Croall, Robert Crumb, Jari Pekka Cuypers, Honoré Daumier, Lin Da-we, Dave Decat, James Dyrenforth / Max Kester, Walt Disney, Gábor Friedrich, Gustave Doré, Albrecht Dürer, Ekkes, Martin Gray, Guibert / Lefévre / Lemercier, Olaf Gulbransson, Masist Gül, Will Eisner, Max Ernst, Öyvind Fahlström, Jules Feiffer, Lyonel Feininger, Ari Folman, Jean-Claude Forest, Rube Goldberg, Francisco de Goya, Vernon Greene, Keith Haring, George Herriman, Hergé, Hans Holbein d. J., Paul Hogarth, William Hogarth, Laurence Hyde, Jörg Immendorff, Sid Jacobson / Ernie Colón, Henri Gustave Jossot, Rolf Kauka, Reinhard Kleist, Joe Kubert, John Leech, Herbert Lehmann, Ján Mancuska, Stefan Marx, Frans Masereel, David Mazzucchelli, Winsor McCay, Scott McCloud, Carl Meffert, Alfred von Meysenbug, Jürgen Metz / Charly G. Schütz, Mike Mignola, Henry Moore, Iain Morris, Keiji Nakazawa, Otto Neurath, Otto Nückel, Erich Ohser, Michael O’ Donoghue, Dan O’Neill, Henrik Olesen, Karl Ewald Olszewski, George Orwell, Richard Felton Outcault, Giacomo Patri, Gladys Parker, Guy Peellaert / Pierre Bartier, Grayson Perry, Raymond Pettibon, Pablo Picasso, Fritz Raab, Alfred Rethel, Henry Ritter, Rius, Spain Rodriguez, Rose, Joe Sacco, Petr Sadecky, Marjane Satrapi, Gerald Scarfe, Gerhard Seyfried, Ben Shahn, Jim Shaw, Situationistische Internationale, Ernst Scheller, Manfred Schmid, Adolf Schrödter, William Siegel, Otto Soglow, Art Spiegelman, Robert und Philip Spence, Christoph Steinegger, Ernst Steingässer, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Lou Tji-gui, Mathilde ter Heijne, Rodolphe Toepffer, Gary Trudeau, Wang Tschun-bsin / Yang Scha, Félix Vallotton, Lynd Ward, Klaus Wiese / Christian Ziewer, Adolphe Willette, Oscar Zarate et al.
The exhibition is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation
Media partner: die tageszeitung