Pinakothek der Modern presents FEELINGS. ART AND EMOTION

100 paintings, objects, and films from around 40 international contemporary artists invite us to intuitively approach art from an emotional perspective.

What does art provoke in us? To what extent does our view of art depend on our personal experiences and memories? Which feelings emerge as we contemplate works of art, if our gaze is led by intuition alone? The exhibition FEELINGS seeks to encourage this direct dialogue between artwork and viewer in order to stimulate an intense emotional engagement. The works exhibited are characterized by enigmatic motifs and atmospheric visual spaces. Joy, excitement, anger, revulsion, sadness, and numerous other emotional reactions may ensue upon viewing the works. The choice of exhibits is subjective; the art historical context and explanatory wall texts have been deliberately omitted.

Tadeusz Kantor Die tote Klasse, 1975 installation, wooden floor, -bench, -tables, puppets, clothes, 150 x 150 x 300cm 2007 acquired by PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V. Photo: Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Sibylle Forster © Tadeusz Kantor

When does a picture attract us, when does it repel us? The study of emotions is still a young branch of psychology, sociology, history, and neuroscience. Ever since the Enlightenment, the focus has been on humankind as primarily rational beings; their view of the world and images was dominated by intellect above all else. Today, however, it can be proven that emotions have much more influence over us than we have previously wanted to admit. It is no coincidence that politics and advertising have long—and thoroughly manipulatively—relied on using images to evoke feelings and then utilized these for their own ends.

Vlassis Caniaris Chicken Coop, 1974 mixed media, various dimensions 2018 acquired by PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V. © Vlassis Caniaris

Art, on the other hand, is formed in free contexts, creates a purely personal relationship with the audience, and exists without a discernible purpose. The contemplation of works of art offers the opportunity to become more familiar with one’s own emotional world, for it is not uncommon for images to trigger associations with experiences that literally “get under your skin” and are sometimes stored for a long time. Art touches upon our personal emotional archive. Whether works are perceived as pleasant or unpleasant, whether they confuse or delight, all essentially depends on the stored experience. More importance is usually ascribed to reasoning than to feelings when viewing art, for it seems to contradict its complexity and intellectual depth. This dominance of the rational discourages many people from engaging with contemporary art in particular. FEELINGS wishes to subvert these threshold fears, for intuition represents an essential approach to art. After all, the creation of a work is also based on personal experience.

Sam Taylor Johnson Soliloqui I, 1998 colour printing, C-print, 211 x 257 cm (Blattmaß) 1999 acquired by PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V. Photo: Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen © Sam Taylor Johnson

FEELINGS seeks to highlight this perspective on art. The exhibition features contributions from the following artists: Hans Aichinger, Monika Baer, Heike Kathi Barath, Vlassis Caniaris, Gregory Crewdson, Alex Da Corte, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Drei Hamburger Frauen, Marlene Dumas, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, Gotthard Graubner, Jenny Holzer, Thilo Jenssen, Tadeusz Kantor, Ruprecht von Kaufmann, Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy, Jochen Klein, Rosa Loy, Rosilene Luduvico, Stephan Melzl, Olaf Metzel, Miwa Ogasawara, Catherine Opie, Laura Owens, Richard Prince, Bernhard Prinz, Alexandra Ranner, Wilhelm Sasnal, Markus Schinwald , Norbert Schwontkowski, Cindy Sherman, Sam Taylor Johnson, Jessica Vaughn, Gillian Wearing, Amelie von Wulffen, and Artur Zmijewski.

The exhibited works are from the holdings of the Bavarian State Painting Collections, the Goetz Collection, and other private collections.

The exhibition is supported by

PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e. V.

Curators: Bernhart Schwenk and Nicola Graef.

- Redazione



OPENING | 07 NOVEMBER 2019, 7.00 P.M.


Sammlung Moderne Kunst und Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München Barer Str. 29  D-80799 München  T +49 (0)89 23805-122/ -253 / -286  F +49 (0)89 23805-125

Marlene Dumas Cupid, 1994 oil on canvas, 180 x 140 cm 2008 acquired as loan of the Michael and Eleonore Stoffel Foundation, Cologne Photo: Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Haydar Koyupinar © Marlene Dumas