I'm a Believer

Pop Art and Contemporary Art from the Lenbachhaus and the KiCo Foundation until May 03, 2020

"I'm a Believer" combines classic Pop art with contemporary positions. Works by Andy Warhol and Sigmar Polke mark the point of departure for the exhibition’s survey of Pop strategies in the past half-century: artists appropriate the imagery of mass consumerism, offering ironic takes on their society while acknowledging that they themselves are part of the system. "I'm a Believer" also retraces the evolution of painting since the 1960s, from Hannsjörg Voth, Rupprecht Geiger, and Günter Fruhtrunk to Miriam Cahn and the genre's expansion into new media in the work of Michaela Melián.

In Pop Art, the ordinary, the entertaining, and irony conquered high culture. Here was art that was hip to the contemporary moment. Pop Art was the creative expression to match the euphoria of the postwar boom and the prosperous capitalism of the 1950s and 1960s. But it was always also a critical embrace of social and political conditions against which resistance had proven futile. Andy Warhol, for example, harnessed the principles of capitalism—advertising, political agitation, the superficiality of television—to generate ironic distance, producing pictures that have lost none of their popularity. To Pop Art's lasting credit, it spurred museums to shake off the dust of elitist edification; as they demonstrated and still demonstrate, they are far from boring and outmoded.

The Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus mounted a first solo exhibition of Warhol's work early on. And the Lenbachhaus was the scene of the legendary encounter between Warhol and Joseph Beuys. This history is the point of departure for the exhibition "I'm a Believer. Pop Art and contemporary art from the Lenbachhaus and the KiCo Foundation". It opens with classical positions: Andy Warhol, Thomas Bayrle and Ulrike Ottinger. The display then wends its way past Sigmar Polke's German Pop and Stephen Shore's photo­ graphs of North America’s suburbs to contemporary champions of the popular in visual art such as Hans-Peter Feldmann, Isa Genzken, Judith Hopf, Daniel Man, and Pietro Sanguineti.

Likewise "I'm a Believer" is an affirmation of our commitment to Munich painting of the 1950s and 1960s featuring en­sembles of paintings by Hannsjörg Voth, Günter Fruhtrunk, Rupprecht Geiger and Irma Hünerfauth. Existential issues in recent European history are at the center of a series of works in other media: A gallery that Gerhard Richter designed especially for the Lenbachhaus spotlights the limitations of art in general and painting in particular. Birkenau, a cycle of photo­graphs by Richter, probes the question of how to represent the unrepresentable, asking which pictures we have that can help us remember and work through our history. Photographs and video and slide installations by Gerard Byrne, Willie Doherty, and Michaela Melián expand on these questions, connecting the genres and reflections the exhibition explores to major issues of the present.

With works by Thomas Bayrle, Gerard Byrne, Miriam Cahn, Willie Doherty, Walker Evans, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Günter Fruhtrunk, Isa Genzken, Bruno Gironcoli, Judith Hopf, Irma Hünerfauth, Daniel Man, Michaela Melián, Ulrike Ottinger, Helga Paris, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Pietro Sanguineti, Stephen Shore, Hannsjörg Voth, Andy Warhol and Katharina von Werz.

Curated by Eva Huttenlauch und Matthias Mühling

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Works

Andy Warhol
Neuschwanstein, 1987
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Andy Warhol
Campbell's Green Pea Soup, 1968
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Andy Warhol
Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup, 1968
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Andy Warhol
Joseph Beuys, 1986
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Günter Fruhtrunk
Rote Vibration, 1968
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Günter Fruhtrunk
Umkehrende Reihe, 1962/63
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Sigmar Polke
Streifenbild V, 1968
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Sigmar Polke
Kekse, 1964
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Sigmar Polke
Hollywood, 1971
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Ulrike Ottinger
Aus der Serie "Journée d'un G. I.", Nr. 2, 1967
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Günter Fruhtrunk
Durchläufe, 1973/76
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Günter Fruhtrunk
Kreise von Delaunay / Reihe und Kreise, 1958/59
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Rupprecht Geiger
E 54, 1948
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Gerard Byrne
A country Road, a Tree. Evening. At the Bridge where Lough Bray Lower drains into the Glencree River, Co. Wicklow, 2007
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Gerard Byrne
A Country Road, a Tree. Evening. Beside Knocktree looking towards Crone and Bahana, Glencree, Co. Wicklow, 2007
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Gerard Byrne
A Country Road, a Tree. Evening. Somewhere between Tonygarrow and Cloon Wood, below Prince Williams Seat, Glencree, Co. Wicklow, 2007
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Maria Lassnig
Mehlspeisenmadonna, 2001/02
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Maria Lassnig
Landmädchen, 2001
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Daniel Man
Eis, Eisbaby, 2014
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Judith Hopf
Untitled (Small Sheep 2), 2013
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Judith Hopf
Untitled (Small Sheep 9), 2013
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Judith Hopf
Untitled (Big Sheep 15), 2013
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Judith Hopf
Untitled (Big Sheep 17) , 2013
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Hans-Peter Feldmann
Laden 1975–2015, 1975 - 2015
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Gerhard Richter
10 Scheiben (WV931-1), 2013
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Maria Lassnig
Die Sanduhr, 2001
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Maria Lassnig
Ehepaar, 2001
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Maria Lassnig
Erniedrigte und Beleidigte, 2002
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Maria Lassnig
Die Braut badet den Bräutigam, 2005
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Maria Lassnig
Mädchen mit Bücherwurm, 2008
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Maria Lassnig
Füße, 1987/89
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Ulrike Ottinger
Bol, 1968
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Ulrike Ottinger
Dieu de guerre, 1967/1968
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Thomas Bayrle
Agnus Dei, 2012
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Thomas Bayrle
Autostrada, 2003
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Ulrike Ottinger
Aus der Serie "Journée d'un G. I.", Nr. 1, 1967
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Ulrike Ottinger
Aus der Serie "Journée d'un G. I.", Nr. 3, 1967
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Ulrike Ottinger
Aus der Serie "Journée d'un G. I.", Nr. 4, 1967
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Ulrike Ottinger
Aus der Serie "Journée d'un G. I.", Nr. 5, 1967
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Ulrike Ottinger
Aus der Serie "Journée d'un G. I.", Nr. 6, 1967
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Ulrike Ottinger
Aus der Serie "Journée d'un G. I.", Nr. 7, 1967
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Ulrike Ottinger
Aus der Serie "Journée d'un G. I.", Nr. 8, 1967
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Ulrike Ottinger
Aus der Serie "Journée d'un G. I.", Nr. 9, 1967
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Miriam Cahn
fremd / schmerz, 24.12.14+3.10.16, 2014-2016
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Miriam Cahn
zurückschauen, 21.2.2016, 2016
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Ulrike Ottinger
Bol, 1968
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Hannsjörg Voth
o.T., 1973
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Thomas Bayrle
Carmageddon, 2012
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Pietro Sanguineti
fake, 2015
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Daniel Man
Eis, Eisbaby, 2018
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Miriam Cahn
mare nostrum, 21.04.15, 2015
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