Opening: October 8, 2021, 7 pm
Following the highly successful exhibitions and research projects of the Ludwig Forum Aachen Flashes of the Future. The Art of the ’68ers or The Power of the Powerless (2018) and The Invention of the Neue Wilde. Painting and Subculture around 1980 (2018/2019), the latest exhibition focuses on artistic positions that critically examine the conditions in politics and society. It is about art that interferes and takes a stand, that is uncomfortable and provocative. The selected works impress with their subversive power, using irony and strong political statements. One focus is on the analysis and relevance of actionist art today: therefore, artist collectives were invited by the Ludwig Forum Aachen to develop new, provocative and innovative actions during the exhibition period.
Artists: Roy Adzak, Hans-Peter Alvermann, Karel Appel, Dieter Asmus, Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Peter Bömmels, KP Brehmer, Werner Büttner, Chick on Speed, Walter Dahn, Michael Deistler, Die Goldenen Zitronen, Die Tödliche Doris, Martin Flesch, Franz Gertsch, Peter Herrmann, Christian Jankowski, Martin Kippenberger, Elke Krystufek, Hartmut Kaminski & Robert Filliou, Mischa Leinkauf, Petr Lysácek, Piero Manzoni, Wolfgang Müller, Albert Oehlen, Julian Opie, Klaus Paier, Sandrine Pelletier, Peng! Kollektiv, Raymond Pettibon, Uwe Pfeifer, Sigmar Polke, Pussy Riot, Matthias Schamp, Cornelia Schleime, Christoph Schlingensief, Schwabinggrad Ballett/Arrivati, Andrzej Steinbach, Peter Thomann, Anna Uddenberg, Don van Vliet, Franz Erhard Walther, Annette Wehrmann and others
GoldenNFT: Peng! Kollektiv feat. Nora al Badri, Sibylle Berg, !Mediagroup! Bitnik, Liat Grayver, Nadine Kolodziey, Felix Kosok, Gretta Louw, Rui Major, Volker Behrend Peters, Tayyebeh Rasouli, reFOCUS medialab, Jill Senft, UBERMORGEN, Nushin Yazdani, Yes Men & Laura Zalenga
Curated by Myriam Kroll
Curatorial assistance: Marie Gentges and Stefanie Wagner
Installation views, Beat the System! Provocation in Art, Photos: Simon Vogel