250814: Kunsthaus Zürich: Cindy Sherman – Untitled Horrors

Kunsthaus Zürich Cindy Sherman – Untitled Horrors. 06.06.2014 - 14.09.2014 Little Shop of Horrors By Nina Schedlmayer Cindy Sherman definitely belongs to those artists whose work one is always meaning to get to know – and of whose works there have been far too infrequent large exhibitions. Following her larger projects in the USA (MoMA) und Europe (Jeu de Paume, Kunsthaus Bregenz), the Kunsthaus Zurich is now showing a large exhibition; the central aspect of the 110 works on display is horror. An unusual form of presentation has been chosen for this: together with the curator, Mirjam Varadinis, the US artist has arranged her works from the 1970's to the present in associative groups – and with this, the serial principle of the majority of her works has been nullified. And unexpected neighbourhoods and groupings are formed: for example, a doll who appears shocked looks at another photo work – on which are scattered various plastic body parts as well as a mirror in which a face appears. Moreover, in this 15-part picture group, one is confronted with portraits in the style of the old masters, collections of sex toys as well as an over-made-up harem woman. The show is pitted with ghoulish assemblages, with sexual objects, with blood, excrement, mould and such like. The focus on the horrors also determines the interpretation of all the other works – the extensive parklands suddenly appear as the setting of a horror film; the older, grotesque ladies become protagonists of an horrific fairytale. The show also tends towards pushing other aspects into the background. There is the concept that some of her earlier works are literally hanging in mid air, series such as the "Bus Riders" or early "Film Stills" are examples of this; they would hardly have been able to be integrated into the opulent, flamboyantly coloured picture walls. Sometimes it appears as if Sherman created the exhibition for herself in order to again question the potential of her works. Not a bad approach. Kunsthaus Zurich 8001 Zurich, Winkelwiese 4 Tel: +41 (0) 44 253 84 84 Fax: +41 (0) 44 253 84 33 E-mail: info@kunsthaus.ch http://www.kunsthaus.ch Opening hours: Tue 10.00 - 18.00, Wed-Fri 10.00 - 20.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 - 18.00

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