David Shrigley in ‘Animals in Art’
Swarming with animals:
Camels and kittens, elephants and rats, feathered creatures and cute pets. In recent years, contemporary art has been exploring the way we look at animals, talk about animals, use animals and understand ourselves through encounters with other species.
Animals in Art will show sculptures and installations, video, photography and paintings by a wide array of international artists who explore the way we humans study, categorize, live with and use animals – and how we thus try to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves. We are seduced by the cuteness on the toy shop shelves and the internet, we love our pets and search for their human aspects – or the animal traits in ourselves. Our fables, folk tales and mythologies swarm with animals that we give human language and behaviour. We are fascinated by wild animals, and we hope to catch the scent of their inner lives and beauty when we visit them at the zoo or the museum. And we interfere with the evolution, environment and biodiversity of species – for example when we produce animals industrially and play around with DNA, the building blocks of life.
Loving and cruel:
In the exhibition, one can – among other things – stand face to face with Paola Pivi’s enchanting, fluorescently coloured polar bears with feathered fur, experience Youtube cats playing atonal piano pieces by Arnold Schoenberg and get a new perspective on the artificial environments at the zoo. With John Baldessari’s white camel, visitors can wonder how to get through the needle’s eye to Heaven and witness the dark deeds of thieving birds.
The exhibition presents works by Cory Arcangel, John Baldessari, Richard Barnes, Pascal Bernier, Sophie Calle, Mircea Cantor, Maurizio Cattelan, Mark Dion, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Martin Eder, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Annika Eriksson, Daniel Firman, Laura Ford, Douglas Gordon, Damien Hirst, Peter Holst Henckel, Camille Henrot, Candida Höfer, Carsten Höller, Bharti Kher, Paul McCarthy, Kohei Nawa, Rivane Neuenschwander & Sérgio Neuenschwander, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Patricia Piccinini, Paola Pivi, David Shrigley, Lisa Strömbeck and William Wegman.