Aristarkh Chernyshev und Alexei Shulgin 3G International, 2010 Kunststoff, LEDs, selbsterstellte Elektronik, Holz, Lack 110 x 80 x 80 cm Courtesy: XL Gallery, Moskau

From the 9 of July to 9 of September 2011 – Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

TASTE – the good, the bad and the really expensive deals with the question of whether common categories of taste today are still usable, and the importance they have within contemporary art. Some artists formulate answers like John Bock, Josephine Meckseper, Katharina Grosse, the designer of M / M (Paris). An excursion into the period around 1800 when the first pictures galleries were established in Germany, also offers the opportunity to the traditional order of a public institution like the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden – the formation of taste -.

Richard Hamilton Just What Is It that Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?, 1956 Collage 26 x 25 cm Sammlung: Kunsthalle Tübingen, Sammlung Zendel © 2011: VG Bild-Kunst

o trace and identify lines of development , the main focus of the exhibition are contemporary works such as John Bock’s, in his fashion show with 53 failed to absurd designs, which debut now as an installation. Josephine Meckseper seems to put us close that it is neither a good nor a bad one, but today it is all about the expensive tastes. Meckseper presents three works in which different objects are changed in the nature of their presentation so that they seem like a luxury accessories shop window. Both cheap toilet brushes, as well as the hammer and sickle crossed out, it seems to be equally suitable. Martin Parr has also directed his camera lens on the impact of globalized consumer society. The photographs from the “luxury” originated at the edge of polo tournaments in Dubai and the Millionaire Fair in Moscow.

With loans from the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, the exhibition depicts an example that landscape painting in 1800 suggest what pleasure and beauty should be, and both taste and moral lesson were forming. in the idealistic belief that beautiful forms can have a positive influence on the society. Paintings by the Danish painter Poul Gernes, where the color show as a visual medicine, and the utopian city designed by the Dutch artist Constant, that idealize the change of beauty, over time. Good old times when everybody recognize good taste from bad taste
Since the advent of Pop Art this is no longer the case. Today Anselm Reyle turn motif templates such as paintings of horses from a paint-by-numbers book in elaborately produced collectibles. Born in 1966 in Shanghai, Zhou Tiehai can present 160 small-format oil paintings with a motif of spectrum, ranging from sweets to naked girls butts. This exhibition may well create the impression that the categorization of taste is now more than replaced  by the commercial exploitation of visual signs.

Daniela Rossell Ohne Titel (Ricas y Famosas) Woman in Red Dress in Front of Painting 1999 C-Print 99 x 133,5 cm Sammlung: Lutz Hieber, Hannover

articipating artists: John Bock, Aristarkh Chernyshev and Alexei Shulgin, Constant, Poul Gernes, Katharina Grosse , Richard Hamilton, M / M (Paris), Josephine Meckseper, Martin Parr, Anselm Reyle, Daniela Rossell, Andy Warhol, Zhou Tiehai well as historic paintings by Oswald Achenbach, Etienne Allegrain, Gaspard Dughet-Poussin, Anselm Feuerbach, Ferdinand Kobell, Carl Kuntz, Johann Christian Reinhart, Carl Rottmann, Maximilian Joseph Schinnagl, Johann Wilhelm Schirmer, Christian Georg Schütz.

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