Anne Imhof (*1978) has emerged over the past decade as one of the most acclaimed artists of her generation. Today based between Berlin and New York, Imhof spent her formative years in Frankfurt am Main, where she taught herself to draw and make music while working as a bouncer at a local night club. Before eventually enrolling at the city’s academy of fine arts, Städelschule, she staged what she later designated the first entry to her catalogue raisonné: a one-night only performance in a red light district bar. She invited two boxers to take part and recruited a band. The boxers were told that the fight should last for as long as the music was playing, while the band were instructed to play for as long as the boxers were fighting. Imhof explained: “It was all pretty red—the table dance bar and the noses. Looking back on it I realized that it had been one way to create a picture.”
DER KÖNIG IST TOT, LANGE LEBE DIE KÖNIGIN
Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
Through October 8, 2023
The legendary American collector Peggy Guggenheim opened her visionary gallery Art of This Century in New York in 1942, and in 1943 she presented the show Exhibition by 31 Women. This is now considered the first exhibition to exclusively showcase works by women. It was Marcel Duchamp, Guggenheim’s long-time artist-friend, who originally suggested that she mount an all-women show.
The Museum Frieder Burda remembers this historic exhibition that took place eighty years ago with The King Is Dead, Long Live the Queen. The project in Baden-Baden will likewise present thirty-one contemporary women artists in an exhibition that shows the current perspective on this topic.Link