Exhibition, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany.
Brave new world? Visions of modernity are negotiated in this group exhibition. By dealing with the visual vocabulary of the historical avantgarde, the works collected in DYSTOTAL newly fathom the concept of the absolute, or the Gesamtkunstwerk, from yearning to empathetic upheaval to failure in stagnation. Several of the 15 participating artists have produced site-specific works of various genres – wall paintings, installations, sculptures, and architectures, adopting, copying, and imitating the language of the avantgarde. The central exhibition hall is turned into an extensive installation in which heterogeneous works encounter one another: computer game aesthetics meet neoclassical forms; romantic elements are combined with science fiction blockbuster film stills.