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Angel Vergara, Günther Uecker and others in travelling exhibition 'TeleGen. Art and Television', Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein

19.02.2016 - 16.05.2016/General, Gallery
Angel Vergara, Günther Uecker and others in travelling exhibition 'TeleGen. Art and Television', Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein
Angel Vergara, installation of oil paintings on superposed Plexiglas (2015) and the two-channel video 'Feuilleton. Berlusconi / Pasolini' (2011), on view in 'TeleGen. Art and Television', Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein
The exhibition examines the significance of television for the visual arts and how our visual culture has changed from the 1960s to the present.

The focus is on the artistic treatment of the contents and forms of image culture developed by the television medium. Following this approach, "TeleGen" reflects on the "Televisual" across various genres.

The starting point of the exhibition is the situation around 1963/64, by which time television had become a fullyfledged mass medium, proceeding to deal with the present-day plurality of TV formats and distribution channels. The historical part of the show presents artistic approaches from the 1960s that explore the television image or the television set as an object and which bear witness to the treatment of televisual aspects in painting, sculpture, installation, photography, film and action art even before the advent of video art. The second part of the exhibition, focusing on the present, is dedicated to the phenomena of dissolution of the once so monolithic television medium in the age of digitisation, hybridisation and media convergence to this day. The „television principle“ is seen in this context not only as a technical mass medium but as an instrument of world construction, as a space for thought, and as an apparatus for creating societal meaning. In this sense, the artistic examination oftelevision becomes a mirror of changes in the medium.

"TeleGen" presents the upheavals in the relationship between television and visual culture based on their treatment by artists in a total of seven chapters, some interlinked.

Participating artists include Tauba Auerbach, Angela Bulloch, John Cage, Yvon Chabrowski, Bruce Conner, Thomas Demand, Simon Denny, Harun Farocki, Melanie Gilligan, K. O. Götz, Dennis Hopper, Isidore Isou, Fabio Mauri, Nam June Paik, Tobias Rehberger, Christoph Schlingensief, Paul Thek, Günther Uecker, Angel Vergara and Tom Wesselmann amongst others.

This travelling exhibition was conceived by Kunstmuseum Bonn in collaboration with Dieter Daniels, professor of art history and media theory at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany. The show is accompanied by an extensive publication. 

More information can be found here.
 
Angel Vergara, Günther Uecker and others in travelling exhibition 'TeleGen. Art and Television', Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein
Angel Vergara, Günther Uecker and others in travelling exhibition 'TeleGen. Art and Television', Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein
Angel Vergara, Günther Uecker and others in travelling exhibition 'TeleGen. Art and Television', Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein
Angel Vergara, Günther Uecker and others in travelling exhibition 'TeleGen. Art and Television', Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein
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