At a time when far-reaching scientific innovations are again fundamentally posing the question as to reproducibility and identity of the human being, art has once again shifted the focus to the way it is portrayed.
The entire last century was concerned with resolving and overcoming the conventional image of the human being that had evolved from the ideas of Humanism and the Enlightenment.
But it was not only arguments from the world of science that contributed to this. It was new media such as photography, film, video and electronic image processing that challenged the accuracy of these concepts of the image – often with quite contradictory results.
The figure and the portrait, for example, seemed to be a thing of the past. Many and manifold approaches in recent art, however, are at variance with this and suggest a wider view of man. Moreover, an increasing appreciation of current positions from other cultures is posing this question anew and from many different perspectives.
The exhibition will present fifty different positions, from Pawel Althamer to Heimo Zobernig, illustrating the current status of such analyses.