Fail Better

Moving Images

1 March to 11 August 2013
Galerie der Gegenwart, Sockelgeschoss

 

Bas Jan Ader (1942 – 1975)  Fall 2, Amsterdam 1970
Bas Jan Ader (1942 – 1975), Fall 2, Amsterdam 1970 (Dokumentation), 16 mm Filmproduktion, schwarz-weiß, ohne Ton © Mary Sue Ader-Andersen / Bas Jan Ader Estate at the Patrick Painter Gallery


The American sociologist Richard Sennett once described failure as the great modern taboo. Success, career advancement, performance and profit maximisation are increasingly important in today's society, leaving little room for failure, defeat, loss, disenchantment or disillusionment. But is failure only a matter of being defeated, reaching the end of the line? Or can an apparent failure not also lead to something else – something new, different or unexpected? Within the realm of art, failure has always been closely linked to the creative process. "Try again / fail again / fail better" is how Samuel Beckett described it. The Irish writer made repeated and lengthy visits to the Hamburger Kunsthalle when he visited Germany around 75 years ago; now, in line with his maxim, the Kunsthalle is mounting an exhibition of moving images – video installations and films from the 60ies till today – which explore failure from many different angles and present playful, passionate, tragic, amusing, mournful and surprising approaches to the concept of 'failing to succeed'.

Participating artists:
Marina Abramović, Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Francis Alÿs, John Baldessari, Guy Ben-Ner, Tacita Dean, Rineke Dijkstra, Tracey Emin, Jeanne Faust, Fischli & Weiss, Ceal Floyer, Annika Kahrs, Steve McQueen, Bruce Nauman, Christoph Schlingensief, Gillian Wearing.

Curator: Dr. Brigitte Kölle
Curatorial assistants: Dr. des. Jonas Beyer and Merle Radtke

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue (German/English), published by Walther König Verlag with texts contributed by Brigitte Kölle, Merle Radtke & Jonas Beyer and Wilhelm Genazino. 104 pages with numerous illustrations. Available from the museum shops for €17.80 and online at www.freunde-der-kunsthalle.de

More information about the exhibited works can be found here>>.

 

  • Bas Jan Ader (1942 – 1975)  Fall 2, Amsterdam 1970
    Bas Jan Ader (1942 – 1975)
    Fall 2, Amsterdam 1970 (Dokumentation)
  • Guy Ben-Ner (*1969) If only it was easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate, 2009 (Filmstill)
    Guy Ben-Ner (*1969)
    If only it was as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate, 2009 (Filmstill)
  • Rineke Dijkstra  Ruth Drawing Picasso, Tate Liverpool, 2009
    Rineke Dijkstra
    Ruth Drawing Picasso, Tate Liverpool, 2009
  • Annika Kahrs (*1984) Strings, 2010 (Filmstill)
    Annika Kahrs (*1984)
    Strings, 2010 (Filmstill)
  • Annika Kahrs (*1984) Strings, 2010 (Filmstill)
    Annika Kahrs (*1984)
    Strings, 2010 (Filmstill)
  • Francis Alÿs (*1959) Rehearsal I (in collaboration with Rafael Ortega), 1999-2004 (Filmstill)
    Francis Alÿs (*1959)
    Rehearsal I (in collaboration with Rafael Ortega), 1999-2004 (Filmstill)
  • Francis Alÿs (*1959) Rehearsal I (in collaboration with Rafael Ortega), 1999-2004 (Filmstill)
    Francis Alÿs (*1959)
    Rehearsal I (in collaboration with Rafael Ortega), 1999-2004 (Filmstill)
  • STEVE MCQUEEN (*1969)  Deadpan, 1997
    Steve McQueen (*1969)
    Deadpan, 1997
  • STEVE MCQUEEN (*1969)  Deadpan, 1997
    Steve McQueen (*1969)
    Deadpan, 1997