Aspects of Melancholy in Contemporary Art
Black Bile, Red Juice
23. August – 25. Oktober 2008
Curator: Prof. Dr. Oliver Zybok
On Sunday June 15 2008 was the opening of the b-05 art and cultural center with the exhibition: Black Bile, Red Juice. Aspects of Melancholy in Contemporary Art.
Melancholy is associated with a whole variety of longings which reflect the emotional state of the particular age. It is characterized by a strong emotionalism determined by resignation and a mood of new beginning.
The concept of the genius, which in the popular imagination was closely linked with melancholy, has been taken ad absurdum in the modern period, or else relativized. The introverted intellectual artist who has lost faith in the world and is seeking a way out is replaced by an active artist who liberates himself from the chains of inhibition.
The pathological diagnosis of melancholy has also been relativized in the modern era. Melancholy is seen less as a typical characteristic of depression than as a psychological state which most people are familiar with to a greater or lesser degree. This change does not however mean that hitherto dominate opinions regarding melancholy have become unimportant; rather, there has been a shift of emphasis, which places more stress on the ambivalence of melancholy and thus its intrinsic potential for extraordinary creativity as shown by
Diana Al-Hadid, Abel Auer, Matthew Barney, Matthew Benedict, Walter Dahn, Sven Drühl, Jürgen von Dückerhoff, Melissa Gordon, Nschotschi Haslinger, Dorota Jurczak, Douglas Kolk, Ján Mancuska, Christof Mascher, Julian Rosefeldt, Astrid Sourkova, Tal R und Fabian Weinecke.