Supporting Events

The programme accompanying the respective exhibitions comprises events such as films, lectures, and discussions, all of which focus on the exhibition in different ways, testing new viewpoints and engaging intensively with the world of art.

The next scheduled dates:

21 September 2012 – 20 January 2013

Don't Smile. On the Humour of Art

 
with John Baldessari, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, JOSEF DABERNIG, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Filliou, RAINER GANAHL, BETHAN HUWS, Anne Marie Jehle, ANNA KOLODZIEJSKA, René Magritte, VACLAV POZAREK, KAY ROSEN, ERAN SCHAERF, Kurt Schwitters



"Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious."

Sir Peter Ustinov


The exhibition "Don’t Smile", sets out to track humour, the trippingly light kind, the roguish, the dry, as well as the self-reflexive. Humour that examines language, logic, society, the day-to-day and the art system both gravely and with tongue in cheek.

What is it that distinguishes humour? How is it expressed? In the artworks on show, it is sometimes the encounter between different worlds and value systems – such as everyday reality and intellectual imagination – that initiates comedy. Or it is a shift that transfers things from their frame of reference into a new meaning, thus triggering smiles. It is especially the overlapping of verbal and visual levels that conjures an open and humorous way of seeing things. And despite the comic level, great seriousness underlies the works on exhibit.

The exhibition has been organized in close collaboration with the artists Josef Dabernig, Rainer Ganahl, Bethan Huws, Anna Kolodziejska, Vaclav Pozarek, Kay Rosen and Eran Schaerf. Each artist has created an atmospheric and compact narrative specifically for "Don’t Smile". The overall effect is of an edginess spanned between multifaceted and challenging commentaries that incite ulterior and subtle, indeed enigmatic, humour.

Interwoven into the exhibition are a selection of historical artworks that set the tone and the frame of reference. Of note are especially Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte and Kurt Schwitters. As significant forefathers from the beginning of the 20th century, they still today pose valid questions on contextualization, on compositional elements, on language as a medium of the visual arts, on wordplay, on the mutating image, as well as on the art of thinking. In addition, with John Baldessari, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Robert
Filliou and Anne Marie Jehle, we find exemplary positions of the “see” change in 1960s art. “All artists make artworks” as Bethan Huws puts it in one of her word vitrines. But is that really so?

The exhibition is a production of Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, curated by Christiane Meyer-Stoll.
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Installation view Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
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Installation view Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
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Installation view Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
Opening
 Thursday, 20 September 2012, 18 h Vernissage 
Guided tour
 Thursday, 27 September 2012, 18 h with Christiane Meyer-Stoll 
 Thursday, 11 October 2012, 18 h with Christiane Meyer-Stoll 
 Thursday, 15 November 2012, 18 h with Denise Rigaud 
 Thursday, 13 December 2012, 18 h with Christina Jacoby 
 Thursday, 10 January 2013, 18 h with Eveline Ratering and Ingo Ospelt 
 Thursday, 17 January 2013, 18 h with Christiane Meyer-Stoll

 
 Wednesday, 26 September 2012, 15 – 17 h   Schools and Museum

Don't Smile: Introduction for teachers of all levels   

with Christina Jacoby

 Thursday, 27 September 2012, 12:30 – 13 h   Take Away

Don't Smile - Mona Lisa, mon amour   

Short guided tour during the lunch break

 Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 17 – 19 h   Schools and Museum

Don't Smile: Introduction for teachers of all levels   

with Christina Jacoby

 Thursday, 4 October 2012, 18 h   Speech

Music and Humor   

by Marco Schädler (in German)

 Thursday, 11 October 2012, 14 – 16 h   "Art 60+"

Don't Smile   

with Barbara Redmann

 Wednesday, 24 October 2012, 18 – 20 h   Schools and Museum

Don't Smile: Introduction for teachers of all levels   

with Christina Jacoby

 Thursday, 25 October 2012, 12:30 – 13 h   Take Away

Don't Smile - Amusement about Wordplay   

Short guided tour during the lunch break

 Thursday, 25 October 2012, 14 – 16 h   "Art 60+"

Don't Smile   

with Barbara Redmann

 Sunday, 4 November 2012, 11 – 12 h   One Hour

Geschichten aus dem Unterland – Unglaubliches, Sonderbares, Merkwürdiges aus Erzählungen des Vaters   

with Adolf Marxer

 Thursday, 8 November 2012, 14 – 16 h   "Art 60+"

Don't Smile   

with Barbara Redmann

 Thursday, 29 November 2012, 12:30 – 13 h   Take Away

Don't Smile - Ich bin keine Pfeife   

Short guided tour during the lunch break

 Thursday, 29 November 2012, 18 h   Speech

Humour in Liechtenstein   

by Mathias Ospelt (in German). Followed by: Witzecafé, Moderation Rita Frommelt

 Saturday, 15 December 2012, 14 – 17 h   Art on Suturday

Wer beim Sich-Anschauen zuerst lacht, hat verloren!   

Workshop für Erwachsene mit Brigitte Walk