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Extra Bodies – The Use of the ‹Other Body› in Contemporary Art

Art | January 1, 2018 |

Extra Bodies – The Use of the ‹Other Body› in Contemporary ArtImage courtesy of Vanessa Beecroft

Extra Bodies – The Use of the ‹Other Body› in Contemporary Art
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich
From 18 November 2017 to 4 February 2018

 

Ai Weiwei, Vanessa Beecroft, Guy Ben-Ner, Oscar Bony, Christoph Büchel, Clegg & Guttmann, Gino de Dominicis, Maria Eichhorn, Jens Haaning, Yves Klein, Yoshua Okón, Yuri Pattison, L.A. Raeven, Edwin Sánchez, Christoph Schlingensief, Santiago Sierra, Jonas Staal, Teresa Margolles, Stephen Willats, Carey Young, Artur Żmijewski

The exhibition sheds light on a phenomenon in art that first rises to prominence in the 1990s and then explodes in the early years of the new millennium: the artistic practice of resorting to and deploying ‘extra bodies’.

 

Extra Bodies – The Use of the ‹Other Body› in Contemporary ArtImage courtesy of Yoshua Okón

 

Artists select these ‘other bodies’ because of their specific social or biosocial role  which is why they may also be characterized as extras. All works on view share a basic ‘performative’ or ‘theatrical’ quality. Strikingly, the viewer is neither drawn into the action nor invited to participate. Unlike many artistic productions discussed under the rubric of relational aesthetics, these pieces do not demand his active engagement. Taking up both exhibition floors at the museum, the extensive group exhibition featuring numerous works from the collection scrutinizes the various modes in which extras with their social and biosocial roles are presented, and function, in art.

 

Extra Bodies – The Use of the ‹Other Body› in Contemporary ArtImage courtesy of Santiago Sierra

 

This exhibition is curated by Raphael Gygax. In connection with the exhibition, the JRP/Ringier publication Extra Bodies – Über den Einsatz des «anderen Körpers» in der zeitgenössischen Kunst is to be released in German.

 

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