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Haus der Kunst
June 27, 2014 - April 26, 2015


Broken. Slapstick, Comedy and Black Humor

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Rodney Graham „A Reverie Interrupted by the Police“, 2003, 1-Kanal-Videoinstallation, Farbe / Ton, 7’59’’, Courtesy Sammlung Goetz, Medienkunst, München

Pawel Althamer, Francis Alÿs, John Bock, Olaf Breuning, Nathalie Djurberg, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Rodney Graham, Mike Kelley, Jochen Kuhn, Mirko Martin, Paul Pfeiffer, Robin Rhode, Julian Rosefeldt

Schadenfreude is a fundamental human emotion. The slapstick, comedy, and black humor genres developed in the entertainment and film industries as a way for people to laugh with impunity at the misfortune of others. Slapstick is a special form of comedy that requires little dialogue. It entices viewers to laugh at things that are viewed from a different vantage point, one that is often anything but funny.

The Goetz Collection‘s seventh exhibition in Haus der Kunst brings together 14 media artworks that explore and often intentionally cross these boundaries. Breaking taboos is a popular strategy used in the visual arts as a way to move viewers emotionally, thereby allowing socially relevant topics and issues to be addressed at a more immediate level. Works such as Olaf Breuning‘s “First” or Nathalie Djurberg‘s “Hungry Hungry Hippos” clearly demonstrate that many situations are amusing only to a selected group of viewers. This kind of humor, which also occurs in ordinary life, largely feeds off the kind of cruelty and oppression that comes to the fore in these works.


Opening Hours
Thu 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri – Sun 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstr. 1
80538 München