The North America Office of Duesseldorf Tourism and Duesseldorf Airport announce: “Avatar and Atavism. Outside the Avant-Garde” - New Exhibit at Kunsthalle Duesseldorf

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Artists who rebel against modern age achievements like abstraction and conceptualism are the focus of a new exhibit at Düsseldorf’s Kunsthalle, featuring works from the late 1970’s and the following decades. August 22 – November 8, 2015.

Günther Förg: "Maske", Bronze, 1990 Foto: Wolfgang Günzel © Estate of Günther Förg, Courtesy Private Collection

Artists who work outside the concepts of modern times

The upcoming exhibit “Avatar and Atavism. Outside the Avant-Garde” highlights a movement similar to “Outsider Art” – but rather than art created by people outside the mainstream art world, like children or the mentally ill, the show features artists who work outside the concepts of modern times.    

Many of the works embody expressions that only became acceptable in art during the post-modern movements after 1978, such as irony, obsession, and narrative. The depiction of body parts and references to animal life and characteristics, for example, are common elements in art from the1980s, and the exhibit highlights these elements and references to those years, which are sometimes called the “wild decade.”

Featured artists include Francesco Clemente, Walter Dahn, Martin Disler, Georg Jiri Kokoupil, Siegried Anzinger and Alfred Klinkan, as well as Franz West, Rosemarie Trockel, Günther Förg – all of whom use their art to create “avatars” – creatures or objects that channel the spirits of artists from previous generations, such as Louise Bourgeois, Maria Lassnig, Goerg Baselitz and Bruce Nauman.

The exhibit is open August 22 – November 08, 2015.

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Düsseldorf’s tourism office is offering hotel and city specials for stays in 2015. The package, called “Düsseldorf à la Card,” can be booked right from the tourism office’s website at Prices start at €49 per night per person based on double-occupancy for a 2-3-star hotel in the city center and at €95 per person for a 4-star hotel. The package includes breakfast, one DüsseldorfCard (free public transportation within city limits plus 30 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), and a city information package. Please check the website for current information.

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