INTRIGUING UNCERTAINTIES highlights the significance of the narrative in contemporary art that focus on singular socio-cultural constellations as well as specific and situational meanings, based on anthropological considerations. The realm of darkness, chaos and fear is part of our anthropological reality and it is the artist’s role to disclose these hidden forces. The artist, through his radical imagination, elaborates disturbing and destabilizing improbabilities that reflect and shed light on the complexity of human existential experience and character.
These uncertainties and improbabilities have the power to liberate the viewer’s imagination and invite the viewer to engage more readily with artworks on an emotional and intellectual level. Indeed, this was the view of Edmund Burke, a philosopher whose brilliant essay was one of the very first inquiries on the aesthetic power of uncertainties and ‘expressive obscurity’ to free our imagination, create figures and forms of improbability and connections between different realms of experiences. 200 years later, Dennis Oppenheim, whose work is presented in this exhibition, drew the same conclusions as Burke did: he expressed the central role of ‘interior obscurity’ and ‘subterranean energy’ in opening unknown and unimagined connections between different mental systems and emotional terrains. Oppenheim also emphasized the liberating capacity of uncertainty which originates from the unspeakable, the harrowing, and the obscure as a creative force.
Through the visual narrative of obscurity, uncertainty and improbability, the artists of this exhibition bring the viewers on a journey to through the multifaceted nature of human existential experiences and an extremely complex, destabilizing but also intriguing and fascinating poetic universe.
Exhibiting Artists: Ruth Barabash, Radu Belcin, Anya Belyat-Giunta, Günter Brus, Davide Cantoni, Guglielmo Castelli, Tony Cragg, Gianni Dessi, Nicolas Dieterlé, Per Dybvig, Barbara Eichhorn, László Fehér, Andrea Fogli, Ugo Giletta, Kerstin Grimm, Erich Gruber, Allison Hawkins, Veronika Holcová, Marine Joatton, Tibor iski Kocsis, Nina Kovacheva, Juul Kraijer, Dirk Lange, Denisa Lehocká, Iris Levasseur, Felice Levini, Christian Lhopital, Peter Martensen, Andrei Molodkin, Alois Mosbacher, Muntean/Rosenblum, Hermann Nitsch, Dennis Oppenheim, Piero Pizzi Cannella, Qiu Zhijie, László László Révész, Bernardí Roig, Serse, Barthélémy Toguo, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Tinus Vermeersch, Zeng Fanzhi