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Katharina Fritsch Tischgesellschaft 1988 wood, polyester, textile 140 x 1600 x 175 cm


Katharina Fritsch (*1956)


Year 1988
Technique wood, polyester, textile
Measurement 140 x 1600 x 175 cm (H x W x D)
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Katharina Fritsch Tischgesellschaft (detail) 1988 wood, polyester, textile 140 x 1600 x 175 cm


Katharina Fritsch (*1956)

Tischgesellschaft (detail)

Year 1988
Technique wood, polyester, textile
Measurement 140 x 1600 x 175 cm (H x W x D)
Copyright Katharina Fritsch
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born in 1956

About the work (english / deutsch)

About the work (english / deutsch)

This gathering of 32 men may remind us more of a men's club than anything else. Perhaps we can see in it the dominance of men in our society. Associations of power spring to mind. As power is predominantly exercised by men, there is a certain inner link. Yet Fritsch does not seek to express power in her work and, in the end, it is only the sheer number of figures that suggests power. These men are not presented as powerful figures. Indeed, they seem almost vulnerable und helpless. They are androgynous. They are first and foremost people. Gender is irrelevant here.
Tischgesellschaft was chosen as the title of the 16 m longfrec-standing installation which can be viewedf,rom all sides. Though Tischgesellschaft actually means "dinner party ", it is, like many German words, made up of two separate nouns: "Tisch" (table) and "Gesellschaft" (society or company).
In this way, it is not only a piece of furniture that presents an object, but also a concept that combines subjects. It is an object at which subjects gather, meet, dine in company, forming a society, communicating. Daily life, an everyday occurrence, is expressed here. But there is neither communication nor community at this table; not even non-verbal communication in the form of, say, eye contact. No emotion can be discerned. Isolation, anonymity and uniformity rule. The individual becomes part of a faceless mass, embodying the loneliness of the crowd and the isolation of society. In this respect, the Tischgesellschaft may be seen as an expression of society today. The individual is insignificant, merely a functional part of society, easy to replace. It is generally up to us whether we submit to these social pressures. We are pars pro toto, part of the whole, and can thus influence the whole either positively or negatively.

German text by Ilonka Czerny / Translation by Ishbel Flett
(Extract - Full printed version available in the Museum)
MMK - Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main

Die Anzahl von 32 Männern läßt weniger an Tischgesellschaft als an Männergesellschaft denken. Darin könnte aber auch die Dominanz des Mannes in der heutigen Gesellschaft gesehen werden. Assoziationen der Machtausübung drängen sich auf. Da Macht vorwiegend von Männern ausgeübt wird, besteht darin der gewisse innere Zusammenhang. Doch Macht möchte Fritsch in ihren Arbeiten primär nicht zum Ausdruck bringen, und letztlich läßt in dieser Arbeit nur die große Anzahl der Figuren an Macht denken. Denn diese Männer stellen sich nicht als mächtig dar, sie wirken eher hilf- und wehrlos. Sie wirken androgyn. In erster Linie sind sie als Menschen abgebildet, ihr Geschlecht ist letztlich nicht relevant.
Tischgesellschaft wurde als Titel dieser 16 m langen umgehbaren Installation gewählt, zusammengesetzt aus den zwei Substantiven "Tisch" und "Gesellschaft". Ein Möbelstück, das ein Objekt darstellt und ein Begriff, der Subjekte vereinigt. Ein Objekt, an dem Subjekte zusammenkommen, sich treffen, an dem gespeist und Gemeinschaft gebildet wird und Kommunikation stattfinden kann. Der Alltag, das Tägliche, das All-tägliche findet hier seinen Ausdruck. An diesem Tisch aber findet weder Kommunikation noch Gemeinschaft statt. Selbst eine non-verbale Kommunikation, z. B. durch Blickkontakt, geht nicht von den Protagonisten aus. Weder Regung noch Emotionen werden hier deutlich. Es herrscht Isolation, Anonymität und Uniformität. Der Mensch wird zur gesichtslosen Masse. Er verkörpert Einsamkeit in der Masse und vereinsamt in der Gesellschaft.
Die Tischgesellschaft kann somit Ausdruck unserer heutigen Gesellschaft sein, in der Egoismus und Leistungsdenken vorherrschen. Der Mensch als Individuum erlangt kaum Bedeutung, er wird nur als Funktion der Gesellschaft genutzt, er wird dadurch austauschbar. Meistens liegt es an uns selbst, ob wir uns diesen gesellschaftlichen Zwängen unterwerfen. Wir sind pars pro toto Teil des Ganzen und können es somit beeinflussen - positiv oder negativ.

Text von Ilonka Czerny
(Auszug - Der vollständige Text ist als Informationsblatt beim Museum erhältlich)
MMK - Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main

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Oct 18, 2014 07:00 pm Jun 14, 2015 Frankfurt am Main Tower - MMK Boom She Boom
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Isa Genzken, Oil XV & Oil XVI, 2007, Museum für Moderne Kunst. Photo: Axel Schneider © Isa Genzken / Galerie Daniel Buchholz


Frankfurt am Main

Tower - MMK

Boom She Boom
Works from the MMK Collection
Opening Oct 18, 2014 at 07:00 pm
Start date Oct 19, 2014
End date Jun 14, 2015

The first exhibition at the MMK 2 – "Boom She Boom: Works from the MMK Collection" is devoted to women artists in the MMK collection. Among Germany’s contemporary art museums, the MMK is unique in that, from its founding in 1991 to the present, it has directed special attention to the strong contributions of women artists of the past decades. A survey of the purchases made over the past years strikingly mirrors the fact that women artists account for a very large number of the MMK collection’s recent acquisitions. Major works by Vanessa Beecroft, Rineke Dijkstra, Teresa Margolles, Sarah Morris, Taryn Simon and others mark significant expansions of the collection, which more recently has been enhanced with workgroups by women presently in the limelight of the international art world, for example Andrea Büttner, Jewyo Rhij, Dayanita Singh and Dolores Zinny. From the beginning, the MMK has also devoted itself to the Frankfurt art scene, and here as well the museum’s holdings are enriched by such individualist and radical perspectives as that of Anne Imhof, Franziska Kneidl and Adrian Williams. The exhibition title “Boom She Boom” quotes the sensationally successful doo-wop song of 1954 by the Chords, which has undergone many reinterpretations since that time.

Jo Baer - Vanessa Beecroft - Shannon Bool - Andrea Büttner - Vija Celmins - Hanne Darboven - Rineke Dijkstra - Marlène Dumas - Parastou Forouhar - Katharina Fritsch - Isa Genzken - Tamara Grčić - Bethan Huws - Anne Imhof - Barbara Klemm - Eva Kotátková - Franziska Kneidl - Teresa Margolles - Sarah Morris - Cady Noland - Anja Niedringhaus - Christa Näher - Charlotte Posenenske - Jewyo Rhii - Taryn Simon - [Elaine Frances Sturtevant] Sturtevant - Rosemarie Trockel - Adrian Williams -
Susanne Gaensheimer - Peter Gorschlüter -

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Exhibitions in artist-info 99 (S 27/ G 72) Did show together with - Top 5 of 1142 artists
(no. of shows) - all shows - Top 100
Rosemarie Trockel (19)- 282
Thomas Schütte (16)- 223
Fischli & Weiss [Peter Fischli *1952 & David Weiss 1946-2012] (15)- 242
Robert Gober (15)- 163
Reinhard Mucha (13)- 97
Exhibitions by type
99:   23 / 38 / 36 / 2
Venues by type
77:   17 / 26 / 32 / 2
Curators 44
artist-info records Jan 1984 - Oct 2016
Countries - Top 5 of 11
Germany (42)
United States (20)
Belgium (6)
Switzerland (5)
France (4)
Cities - Top 5 of 42
New York (14)
Frankfurt am Main (9)
Düsseldorf (6)
London (6)
Krefeld (4)
Venues (no. of shows ) Top 5 of 77
Museum - MMK (6)
White Cube - Hoxton Sq (3)
Objectif Exhibitions (3)
LudwigForum für Internationale Kunst (2)
Kunsthaus Zürich (2)
Curators (no. of shows) Top 5 of 44
Jean-Christophe Ammann(4), Bice Curiger(2), Kasper König(2), Jan Hoet(2), Hans Ulrich Obrist(2)
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Katharina Fritsch

Museum Folkwang S May 2016 - Oct 2016 Essen (408) +1
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La Grande Madre

Fondazione Nicola Trussardi G Aug 2015 - Nov 2015 Milano (21) +0
Gioni, Massimiliano (Curator)       +0
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart G May 2015 - Sep 2015 Stuttgart (67) +0
Deutsche Bank Collection - Artists S Apr 2015 - Apr 2015 Frankfurt am Main (1) +0
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Boom She Boom

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Tower - MMK G Oct 2014 - Jun 2015 Frankfurt am Main (6) +0
Gaensheimer, Susanne (Curator)       +0
Gorschlüter, Peter (Curator)       +0
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Sculpture After Sculpture

 - Fritsch - Koons - Ray
Moderna Museet - Stockholm G Oct 2014 - Jan 2015 Stockholm (468) +0
Bankowsky, Jack (Curator)       +0
Widoff, Jo (Curator)       +0