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In a collaborative, chance-based drawing game known as the exquisite corpse, Surrealist artists subjected the human body to distortions and juxtapositions that resulted in fantastic composite figures. This exhibition considers how this and related practices—in which the body is dismembered or reassembled, swollen or multiplied, propped with prosthetics or fused with nature and the machine—have recurred in art throughout the 20th century and to the present day. Artists from André Masson and Joan Miró to Louise Bourgeois and Robert Gober to Mark Manders and Nicola Tyson have distorted and disoriented our most familiar of referents, playing out personal, cultural, or social anxieties and desires on unwitting anatomies. If art history reveals an unending impulse to render the human figure as a symbol of potential perfection and a system of primary organization, these works show that artists have just as persistently been driven to disfigure the body.

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Exquisite Corpses
Drawing and Disfiguration
Kuratoren: Samantha Friedman, Jodi Hauptman

Künstler: Georg Baselitz, Georges Bataille, Hans Bellmer, Louise Bourgeois, Victor Brauner, André Breton, Gaston Chaissac, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Giorgio De Chirico, Jean Cocteau, George Cohen, George Condo, John Coplans, Salvador Dalí, Peter Doig, Oscar Dominguez, Marcel Dzama, Max Ernst, VALIE EXPORT, Cadavre Exquis , Alexandra Exter, Chris Finley, Esteban Frances, Anna Gaskell, Alberto Giacometti, Steve Gianakos, Robert Gober, Arshile Gorky, Nancy Grossman, George Grosz, Richard Hamilton, Jacques Herold, Christian Holstad, Valentine Hugo, Hannah Höch, Horst Janssen, Marcel Jean, Aaron Johnson, Greta Knutson, Michael Landy, Jim Love, Mark Manders, André Masson, Roberto Matta, Paul McCarthy, Joan Miró, Matthew Monahan, Max Morise, Wangechi Mutu, Bruce Nauman, Pierre Naville, Jim Nutt, Eduardo Paolozzi, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Jacques Prévert, Arnulf Rainer, Man Ray, Odilon Redon, Carlos Rojas, Dieter Roth, Jeannette Ducrocq Tanguy, Yves Tanguy, Nicola Tyson, Tristan Tzara, Paloma Varga Weisz, Remedios Varo.