artists & participants

Monira al QadiriAna AlensoYuri Ancarani Atelier van LieshoutKader AttiaSerge Attukwei ClotteyKlaus AudererAlessandro Balteo-YazbeckLothar BaumgartenJennifer-Jane BaylissWes BellUwe BelzClaus BergenBernardo BertolucciUrsula BiemannVanessa BillyBrett BloomMark BoulosMargaret Bourke-White Bureau d´EtudesEdward BurtynskySokari Douglas CampWarren Cariou ChristoTony CraggWalter De MariaMark DionGerardo DottoriRena EffendiWilliam Eggleston Entang WiharsoMedia FarzinHans FischerkoesenSylvie FleuryJohn GerrardChristoph GirardetClaus GoedickeTue GreenfortCarl GrossbergMonika GrzymalaRobert GschwantnerHans HaackeErnst HaeckelEberhard HavekostRomuald HazoumeJohn HeartfieldArmin HerrmannMichael HirschbichlerBernhard HopfengärtnerMurad IbragimbekovAaditi JoshiMatt KenyonJörg LenzlingerErnst LogarMark LombardiEllen Karin MaehlumRemy MarkowitschRalf MarschalleckWolfgang MattheuerPaul MichaelisKay MichalakRichard MisrachMichael NajjarHugo NiebelingFranz NoldeKate OrffGeorge Osodi Peter KeetmanAlex Prager Qiu AnXiongAlain ResnaisOliver ResslerMartha RoslerMiguel RothschildEd RuschaShirin SabahiSantiago SierraTaryn SimonAndreas SlominskiRobert SmithsonGerda SteinerGerda Steiner & Jörg LenzlingerThomas Struth Tetsumi Kudo The Center for Land Use InterpretationWolfgang TillmansGunhild VatnSven VölkerWolf VostellErwin Wurm Yuts  

press release

September 4, 2021–January 9, 2022

Oil - Beauty and Horror in the Petrol Age

No other substance will have shaped societies in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries as much as oil—countless materials and key technologies, cultural products, ways of life, knowledge, visions, values and emotions, as well as conflicts, injustices, and abysses of our time owe their existence to the energy density and transformability of the ambivalently shimmering “black gold.” Concerns about oil wells running dry are as old as the Petrol Age itself. It is, however, not the finite nature of the resource, but rather the fight against global warming and mountains of plastic waste that is now heralding the dusk of the “Petrol Age.” From a fictional future, the exhibition Oil: Beauty and Horror in the Petrol Age (Septmber 4, 2021–January 9, 2022) takes a look back at the petromodernism that has lasted roughly 100 years: What is typical of this time, what is great and beautiful, what is ugly and terrible, and how is all this reflected in art and culture?