Project Description

Vito Acconci – Alex Bag – Aidas Bareikis – Beagles & Ramsay – Joseph Beuys – Anna & Bernhard Blume – John Bock – Olaf Breuning – Jake & Dinos Chapman – Jan Fabre – Hans-Peter Feldmann – Knopp Ferro – Fischli & Weiss – Rachel Harrison – Martin Kippenberger – Peter Land – Klara Liden – Lutz/Guggisberg – George Maciunas – Piero Manzoni – John Miller – Bruce Nauman – Martin Parr – Sigmar Polke – Jean-Frederic Schnyder – Jurgen Klauke – Mark Wallinger – Boyd Webb – Bernhard Willhelm/Carles Congost – Thomas Zipp

Migros Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Zurich 27 August – 30 October 2005

Exhibition curated by Felicity Lunn & Heike Munder, and a catalogue with essays by Simon Critchley and Slavoj Zizek.

Beagles & Ramsay showed the video ‘New Meat’ (2005).

From Dada to Fluxus, Conceptual Art to the nineties generation, humour has been at the core of art as both a visual strategy and a philosophical process. Rather than straightforwardly presenting the comic, satire, irony or the grotesque, the theme of this exhibition is art that makes a precise incision into the mechanisms of humour itself. When we get hung out to dry, exposed, unsure of whether the poignancy allows us to laugh or cry. When Humour Becomes Painful