In art, “appropriation“ signifies an artistic action of “confiscation“. Appropriation Art around 1980 marked a fundamental difference to the meaning of appropriation in modern times. Afterwards, post-modern appropriation was not understood as “mimetic imitation”, but as an (often photo-technical) artistic process of copying or reproducing, in which an object (whether visual, physical or theoretical,) inclusive of its reception-history, is medially appropriated. In the exhilarated present that is forgetful of history, a certain arbitrariness towards the definition of appropriation seems to reappear. In this contemporary diversity, parallel approaches to pre-modernism, modernism and post-modernism are applied. The seven featured artists engage with these themes in various ways in their exhibition at Haus am Lützowplatz.
One key aspect of the exhibition is a lecture program revising a new theoretical debate over artistic appropriation within contemporary aspects. The lecture will include contributions by Wolfgang Ulrich, Kerstin Stakemeier, Cornelia Sollfrank, Stephan Berg and Hanna Magauer.