Incongru. Quand l'art fait rire

Künstler: Taroop & Glabel, Bas Jan Ader, Omar Alessandro, Luc Andrié, John Baldessari, Ernst Barlach, Glen Baxter, Guy Ben-Ner, Christian Boltanski, Olaf Breuning, Marcel Broodthaers, Reto Camenisch, Valentin Carron, Maurizio Cattelan, Honoré Daumier, Wim Delvoye, Cecilia Edefalk, Sylvie Fleury, Ceal Floyer, Mario Garcia Torres, Nan Goldin, Rodney Graham, Gottfried Helnwein, Thomas Huber, Bethan Huws, Martin Kersels, Peter Land, Annie Leibovitz, Sherrie Levine, Urs Lüthi, Jonathan Monk, Gianni Motti, Vik Muniz, Bruce Nauman, Yoshua Okon, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Sandrine Pelletier, Dan Perjovschi, Shannon Plumb, Richard Prince, Markus Raetz, Arnulf Rainer, Christian Robert-Tissot, Medardo Rosso, Peter Saul, Jim Shaw, Nedko Solakov, Hans Steiner, Ernest T., Jean Tinguely, Félix Vallotton, Édouard Vuillard, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, Sabine Weiss, Shi Xinning, Anna & Bernhard Blume, George Achille-Fould, Ana Roldan, Anne Rochat, Aloïs Godinat, Marc Horowitz
Ausstellung: 08.10.2011 - 15.01.2012
Veranstalter: Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts / Mcb-a
Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts / Mcb-a bei art-report
Stadt: Lausanne
Homepage: Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts / Mcb-a

Art is serious stuff, its ideal is beauty. But laughter deforms the human face, it is a weapon of diabolical seduction; it is a menace to decorum; it bursts out unrestrainedly and threatens the cohesion of the world. Historically, then, art and laughter, art and humour, art and comedy, art and irony do not make good bedfellows. They are fundamentally incongruous. However, there are certain niche areas in art where laughter can exist: in the grotesque, pastiches and caricature. In the twentieth century humour developed into a fantastic tool that artists could use for subversive purposes, which they could employ within the art system or could level at the norms and conventions, morality, balance and order of society. Incongruity is the theme that runs through the exhibition and the principle  that has generated laughter down the ages and across all the continents. Every age has developed its own nuances of the absurd or the comic within the context of the dominant culture, whether seventeenth-century Holland's "festive scenes" or the post-Tienanmen era of stereotyped laughing figures produced by Chinese artists. Continuity can also be seen in the expression of the moods of the spirit (and thus also laughter) from Charles Le Brun to Arnulf Rainer , passing by the grotesquely distorted heads of Messerschmidt. Historically, depiction of the bizarre through deformation and humour provides artists with a perfect pretext for exploring vulgarity and offers them a means to evade the pursuit of beauty. All medias – painting, sculpture, drawing, engraving, photography, video, installations, language (written and recorded texts) – are gathered together for this vast panorama of laughter in the history of art.


KünstlerInnen: George Achille-Fould, Bas Jan Ader , Omar Alessandro , Luc Andrié , Marc-Louis Arlaud, Jean Audran, John Baldessari , Ernst Barlach , Glen Baxter, Guy Ben-Ner , Berclaz de Sierre, Olivier Blanckart et Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Anna & Bernhard Blume , Christian Boltanski , Félix Bracquemond, Olaf Breuning , Marcel Broodthaers , Reto Camenisch , Valentin Carron, Maurizio Cattelan , Narcisse Chaillou, Antoine Coypel, Honoré Daumier, Wim Delvoye , Cecilia Edefalk , Gertrude Fehr, Sylvie Fleury , Ceal Floyer , Mario Garcia Torres , Aert de Gelder, Aloïs Godinat, Nan Goldin, Rodney Graham , Gottfried Helnwein , Marc Horowitz, Thomas Huber , Bethan Huws , Martin Kersels , Peter Land , Annie Leibovitz , Sherrie Levine, Jean-Étienne Liotard, Urs Lüthi , Quentin Metsys (cercle de), Yue Min Jun, Lucia Moholy-Nagy, Jean Mohr, Jonathan Monk , Gianni Motti , Vik Muniz, Bruce Nauman , Yoshua Okon , Christodoulos Panayiotou , Sandrine Pelletier, Dan Perjovschi , Shannon Plumb , Richard Prince , Doris Quarella, Markus Raetz , Arnulf Rainer , Christian Robert-Tissot , Léo-Paul Robert, Anne Rochat, Ana Roldan , Medardo Rosso , Jean-Pierre Saint-Ours, Arthur Sapeck, Peter Saul , Georg-Friedrich Schmidt, Jim Shaw , Nedko Solakov, Hans Steiner , Ernest T. , Taroop & Glabel , Jean Tinguely , Francis Traunig, Tse Su-Mei, Félix Vallotton , Adrian Van Ostade, Edouard Vuillard, Andy Warhol , William Wegman , Sabine Weiss , Shi Xinning