Place: Trade Fair Palace
Egon Schiele saw himself as a visionary and prophetic artist, František Kupka forged an abstract style of painting infused with spiritist principles, Joseph Beuys called under the rubric “social sculpture” up for social change due to creative actions, and Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an ecological crusader whose spiral paintings were holistic in essence. These pioneering artistic attitudes and developments would have not come about without contact with several “prophets”. Some of these were artist-naturists, others were modern-day Christs, while still others saw themselves as social revolutionaries of a kind. Their relevance for modern art remains a largely untold story. Today, their names – Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach, Gusto Gräser, Gustav Nagel, as well as Friedrich Muck-Lamberty and Ludwig Christian Haeusser – have almost been forgotten. During their lifetime, however, they were widely known among a broad-based public and in avant-garde circles. Artists and intellectuals also admired them, albeit often behind closed doors.
The Prague rerun of the Frankfurt exhibition is presenting over 350 works by various artists. They include Egon Schiele, František Kupka, Johannes Baader, Heinrich Vogeler, Joseph Beuys, Jörg Immendorff, and Friedensreich Hundertwasser as well as a variety of documentation materials.
The exhibition both reveals causalities and establishes unexpected connections. It also embeds the ‘barefoot-prophets’ and the artistic avant-garde in a wide-ranging social historical context.
Curator of the exhibition: Pamela Kort, Los Angeles/Berlin/Zurich
Cooperation: Veronika Hulíková, Rea Michalová
An exhibition organized by Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt in cooperation with the National Gallery in Prague.
During the opening of the exhibition Artists and Prophets. Schiele, Hundertwasser, Kupka, Beuys and Others Jonathan Meese presented an art performance created specially for the National Gallery in Prague. Within its course he conversed from a hideout with the prophets featured in that show. In the Trade Fair Palace’s Small Vestibule until 18 October 2015, a collection of his paintings tellingly entitled My Über Daddys is featured that also allude to the activities and impact of the prophets. The interview with Jonathan Meese here.
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