Laughing in a Foreign Language

25 Jan 2008 – 12 Apr 2008

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 20:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

£9 / £7

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Hayward Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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Laughing in a Foreign Language explores the role of laughter and humour in contemporary art. In a time of increasing globalisation, this international exhibition questions if humour can only be appreciated by people with similar cultural, political or historical backgrounds and memories, or whether laughter can act as a catalyst for understanding the unfamiliar. Laughing in a Foreign Language investigates the whole spectrum of humour, from jokes, gags and slapstick to irony and satire. The exhibition brings together more than 70 videos, photographs and interactive installation works by 30 artists from all around the world.

Artists include: Makoto Aida, Kutlug Ataman, Azzoro, Guy Ben-Ner, John Bock, Candice Breitz Olaf Breuning, Cao Fei, Dinos and Jake Chapman, Marcus Coates, Harry Dodge and Stanya Khan, Doug Fishbone, Ghazel, Gimhongsok, Matthew Griffin, Nina Jan Beier and Marie Jan Lund, Taiyo Kimura, Peter Land, Janne Lehtinen, Kalup Linzy, Yoshua Okon, Ugo Rondinone, Julian Rosefeldt, Shimabuku, David Shrigley, Nedko Solakov, Barthelemy Toguo, Roi Vaara, Martin Walde, Jun Yang.


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