I’m a Believer at Lenbachhaus
21 Feb 2020, 10 a.m. - 19 Apr 2020, 6 p.m.
I'm a Believer: Pop Art and Contemporary Art from the Lenbachhaus and the KiCo Foundation
In Pop Art, the ordinary, the entertaining, and irony conquered high culture. Here was art that was hip to the contemporary moment, a creative expression to match the euphoria of the postwar boom and the prosperous capitalism of the 1950s and 1960s. But Pop Art was always also a critical embrace of social and political conditions against which resistance had proven futile. Andy Warhol, for example, harnessed the principles of capitalism, advertising, and political agitation or the superficiality of television to generate ironic distance, producing pictures that have lost none of their popularity.
With “I'm a Believer," we also reaffirm our commitment to the painting that came out of Munich in the 1950s and 1960s. A room that Gerhard Richter designed specifically for the Lenbachhaus draws attention to the limitations of art in general and painting in particular. His photographic cycle “Birkenau" probes the question of how to represent the unrepresentable. Photographs as well as video and slide installations elaborate on these concerns, building on genres and reflections in play throughout the show to address the vital issues of today.