Time for Outrage! Art in times of social anger

Under the heading “Time for Outrage!” the Kunstpalast is showing an international group exhibition of around 60 works illustrating and reflecting upon notions of anger and rage within our society against the backdrop of current political challenges.

29.10. - 10.1.2021

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Anger and rage are among our most intense emotions. Many consider them dangerous; others would like to make them socially acceptable. Current international events show how strongly they shape discussions about our social interactions: conspiracy theories, racially motivated violence, extremist terror, or “fake news” are just a few of the worrying consequences of populist power politics that fuel fears and focus on polarisation and exclusion. This is countered by worldwide protests against totalitarian structures, the oppression of minorities, and the deepening of social divisions in society. In a number of countries, democracy appears to be in crisis and many people are increasingly in a state of turmoil.

The exhibition Time for Outrage! is based on the eponymous 2010 essay by French resistance fighter Stéphane Hessel and brings together some forty international artists who visualise, reflect, and comment on various facets of anger and rage in our society. Their works deal with socio-political situations and inspire reflection.

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Rather than presenting solutions of problems, the works are about testing the possibilities of taking a stance in the face of current societal and social grievances. The artists presented invariably share an explicitly political attitude that is characteristic of their entire oeuvre.

The exhibition includes installation art, photographs, videos, paintings, drawings and sculptures by Kader Attia (*1970), Monica Bonvicini (*1965), Andrea Bowers (*1965), Peggy Buth (*1971), Thomas Hirschhorn (*1957), Šejla Kamerić (*1976), Iris Kettner (*1968), Liz Magic Laser (*1981), Erik van Lieshout (*1968), Bjarne Melgaard (*1967), Signe Pierce (*1988), Julian Röder (*1981), Santiago Sierra (*1966), Adriana Varejão  (*1964), Ahmet Ögüt (*1981) and many others. 

Curators: Linda Peitz and Florian Peters-Messer




Bjarne Melgaard | „I am not a piece of shit I am a piece of society“, 2009, various materials on canvas, 150 x 120 x 6 cm, Private Collection © Bjarne Melgaard / VG Bild-Kunst, 2020, Photo: Björn Behren

Recommended literature for the exhibition

In cooperation with Stadtbüchereien Düsseldorf, a book list with recommended literature for the exhibition was prepared. 

  • Stephane Hessel: Empört Euch!
  • Carolin Emcke: Gegen den Hass
  • Natasha A. Kelly: Millis Erwachen. Schwarze Frauen, Kunst und Widerstand
  • Wolfgang Ulrich: Wahre Meisterwerte: Stilkritik einer neuen Bekenntniskultur
  • Margarete Stokowski: Untenrum frei
  • Lydia Haider (Hrsg.): Und wie wir hassen!: 15 Hetzreden
  • Mithu M. Sanyal, Vulva: Die Enthüllung des unsichtbaren Geschlechts
  • Ines Geipel: Umkämpfte Zone: Mein Bruder, der Osten und der Hass
  • Tadel verpflichtet e.V., Sag was!: Radikal höflich gegen Rechtspopulismus argumentieren
  • Tupoka Ogette, exit RACISM: rassismuskritisch denken lernen
  • Johannes Kram: Ich hab ja nichts gegen Schwule, aber...: Die schrecklich nette Homophobie in der Mitte der Gesellschaft
  • Zeev Sternhell: Faschistische Ideologie: Eine Einführung
  • Nahlah Saimeh: Ich bring dich um!: Hass und Gewalt in unserer Gesellschaft
  • Max Czollek: Desintegriert euch!
  • Esther Duflo: Kampf gegen die Armut
  • Paul B. Preciado: Ein Apartment auf dem Uranus - Chroniken eines Übergangs
  • Richard Sennett: Die offene Stadt. Eine Ethik des Bauens und Bewohnens

View into the exhibition

Julian Röder