Eremit? Forscher? Sozialarbeiter?
Das veränderte Selbstverständnis von Künstlern
(Eremite? Researcher? Social Worker? The changing Self-Image of Artists)
January 17 – March 02, 1980
Vito Acconci, dietrich Albrecht/d., Dieter Appelt, Didier Bay, Manfred Boecker, Christian Boltanski, KP Brehmer, Michael Buthe, Braco Dimitrijević, Maria Fisahn, Lili Fischer, Jochen Gerz, Walter Grasskamp, Hans Haacke, Dieter Hacker, Margrit Kahl, Joseph Kosuth, Nikolaus Lang, Jean Le Gac, Michael Ligner, Hilmar Liptow, Annette Messager, Ernst Mitzka, Siegfried Neuenhausen, Wolfgang Niedecken, Anna Oppermann, Wolfgang Oppermann, C.O. Paeffgen, Pino Poggi, Renate Reimers, Ulrike Rosenbach, Andreas Seltzer, Bernhard Sandfort, Klaus Staeck, Timm Urichs, Rainer Wittenborn, Charly Wüllner and as a group Christel Burmeier, Harald A. Finke, Christoph Hufnagel and Jörg Möller
Exhibition Concept by Herbert Hossmann, Margrit Kahl, Hilmar und Renate Liptow, Anna Oppermann, Renate Reimers, Uwe M. Schneede and Charly Wüllner.
First shown at the Kunstverein and Kunsthaus Hamburg, the exhibition dealt with the changing conditions of art production. "The fundamental questions from the beginning were: What do artworks from recent years reveal about the self-image of their producers? How does the situation of young artists, which has become much more difficult compared to the 1960s, make itself felt in their aesthetic work? In what way has the changed social and art-political situation of the 1970s been reflected in the work of experimental artists, especially in the work of those who consciously experienced 1968 - albeit in very different ways - as an awakening? (...)
Are artists Eremites today? Researchers? Social Workers? Eremites, not in the sense of being locked into the margins, but as outsiders and as those who refuse to be part of society, but who are nevertheless an indispensable part of it. Researchers, not in the scientific sense, but as experimenters and as those who ask questions about what goes on behind the facades. Social workers, too, not in the literal sense, but as those who seek to break down outmoded boundaries of aesthetic production in order to enter into direct communication with the others for whom they work." (From the catalog text)
Fig.: Uwe M. Schneede: Eremit? Forscher? Sozialarbeiter?: Das veränderte Selbstverständnis von Künstlern. Exhibition Catalog Kunstverein and Kunsthaus Hamburg Juli 14 - August 26, 1979. Hamburg: Kunstverein - Hamburg : Kunsthaus 1979.
 Annette Messager: Der Fortsetzungsroman (2.Teil, Detail)
 Book Cover
 Concept Designs
 Manfred Boecker / Wolfgang Niedecken: Das Erscheinungsbild des Künstlers