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THE EIGHTH SQUARE: QUEER ART AT THE MUSEUM LUDWIG

Deborah Kass: Altered Image #2, 1994-95
Copyright ©  Deborah Kass
Photo courtesy of Museum Ludwig

 

 

Staff Report

COLOGNE, 30 October 2006 —When a pawn in a chess match reaches the eighth square on the far side of the board, the player can swap him for a piece of his or her choice. So the pawn—a lowly foot soldier—can transform into a queen, a powerless figure into the epitome of power, a man into a woman. The change in gender bestows more freedom to move, more influence, and more power and in chess this switch of gender results in a total transformation of the game. This fundamental change, which overrides the prevailing heterosexual gender roles, is the focus of an exhibition that aims to document the desire to change into another sex.

Entitled The Eighth Square: Gender, Life and Desire in Art Since 1960, and on view until 12 November at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the exhibition of over 250 works by more than 80 artists presents an overview of how art has examined almost every form of sexual desire outside of the heterosexual mainstream: transexuality, homosexuality and intersexuality, transgender, drag and cross dressing. The show, with a strong emphasis on photographs,  is spread out over several levels of the museum and is divided into thematic sections such as Machismo, Transsexuality and Intersexuality, Masquerade and Friendships, Outsiders, Discrimination and AIDS.


Wolfgang Tillmans : Dunst I
Copyright  © Wolfgang Tillmans
Courtesy: Galerie Buchholz Köln
Photo courtesy of Museum Ludwig

Artists whose works are on view include David Altmejd, Kenneth Anger, Diane Arbus, David Armstrong, Francis Bacon, Stephen Barker, Matthew Barney, Monica Bonvicini, Louise Bourgeois, Marc Brandenburg, Brassaï, Kaucyila Brooke, Tom Burr, Claude Cahun, Daniela Comani, Lucky DeBellevue, Kerstin Drechsel, Cheryl Dunye, Thomas Eggerer, Nicole Eisenman, Steven Evans, VALIE EXPORT, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Jochen Flinzer, Annette Frick, General Idea, Gilbert & George, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sunil Gupta, David Hockney, Jonathan Horowitz, Peter Hujar, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Deborah Kass, Jürgen Klauke, Peter Knoch, Ferdinand Kriwet, Ins A Kromminga, Inez van Lamsweerde, Zoe Leonard, John Lindell, Lovett/Codagnone, Attila Richard Lukacs, Winja Lutz und Toni Schmale, Robert Mapplethorpe, Marlene McCarty, Bjørn Melhus, Michaela Melián, Annette Messager, Tracey Moffatt, Donald Moffett, Pierre Molinier, Yasumasa Morimura, Piotr Nathan, Bruce Nauman, Marcel Odenbach, Henrik Olesen, Catherine Opie, Jack Pierson, Adrian Piper, SUSI POP, Robert Rauschenberg, Aurora Reinhard, Salomé, Lucas Samaras, Cindy Sherman, Katharina Sieverding, Dayanita Singh, Markus Sixay, Jack Smith, Ingo Taubhorn, Paul Thek, Wolfgang Tillmans, Cy Twombly, Gitte Villesen, Del LaGrace Volcano, Jeff Wall, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz

A catalogue by Hatje Cantz accompanies the exhibition, and includes articles by Judith Butler, Douglas Crimp, Diedrich Diederichsen, Harald Fricke, Julia Friedrich, Hanne Loreck, Thomas Meinecke, Eva Meyer, Cristina Nord and Frank Wagner. The price is 34 euros at the Museum or 39,80 euros($55.00) in retail or online distribution. In addition, author Thomas Meinecke has written a collection of stories for the show entitled Feldforschung (Field Research). Published by Edition Suhrkamp, the book is available for free at the Museum on the purchase of a ticket.

The Eighth Square: Gender, Life and Desire in Art Since 1960
Until 12 November 2006
Museum Ludwig
Bischofsgartenstraße 1
Cologne
Tel: (49) 221 221 261 65



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