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Tanzen, Sehen

(Dancing, Seeing)

February 18 − May 28, 2007

Since the second half of the twentieth century and with the development of audio-visual media, an ever increasing mutual inspiration and provocation between the fine arts and dance has developed.

Peter Welz, study for retranslation | final unfinished portrait  (f.bacon)
Peter Welz, "study for retranslation | final unfinished portrait (f.bacon)", 2006.
© Peter Welz/The Estate of Francis Bacon/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

For the American Avantgarde of the 1960’s this shared fertilization, which resulted from the cooperation between dance and the fine arts, was of eminent importance. Dancers as well as artists developed meaningful simplifications and questioned the traditional relationship between music and body-movement, also exploring a new relationship to the audience by incorporating the process of viewing art into the work, making the viewer part of the art. Film projections and other new technical innovations played a substantial role in the design of stage sets while minimal objects and stage requisitions inspired each other.

In the seventies, questions concerning identity and regarding anthropological dimensions began to flow into dance. Subsequently, artists began referring to the avant-garde approaches of deconstruction and media reflection. Also, the younger generation of artists began interpreting dance in various ways, as a conventional form of social dance, as a ritual practice, as a professional form of expression of advanced civilization, as an individual statement in post-modern pop culture. In a dancing body, social communication and subjective self-perception intertwine. In dance, the individual can place himself into a luminous, immediate relation to given cultural structures.

This revealing exhibition traced the history of these shared references, similarities, and co-operations with more than 100 art works, documentary films, and video and object installations.

Artists featured were:

Dave Allen/ Douglas Gordon/ Jonathan Monk, Eleanor Antin, Charles Atlas, Sven Augustijnen, Antonia Baehr, Samuel Beckett, Jerôme Bel, Andrea Bowers, Ulla von Brandenburg, Trisha Brown, Helen Chadwick, Merce Cunningham, Rineke Dijkstra, Simone Forti, Dan Graham, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rebecca Horn, Jirí Kovanda, Mara Kurotscka, Yuri Leiderman, Auguste und Louis Lumière, Babette Mangolte, Bruce McLean, Eva Meyer / Eran Schaerf, Peter Moore, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Adrian Piper, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Ulrike Rosenbach, Boy & Eric Stappaerts, Stelarc, Catherine Sullivan, Beate Terfloth, Peter Welz, Erwin Wurm.

After being launched in Siegen, “Tanzen, Sehen” was presented in the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Sevilla. The exhibition was accompanied by an extensive catalogue. Generous support was provided by the Federal Culture Fund (Kulturstiftung des Bundes).

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11 - 8



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Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Unteres Schloss 1
57072 Siegen

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