[NetBehaviour] Evil Clowns exhibition Dortmunder U

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Nov 13 16:16:23 CET 2014

Evil Clowns exhibition Dortmunder U | 3rd floor | 09/27/2014 - 03/08/2015

‘Dangerous clowns are standing by the side of the road’, sang the 
Düsseldorf band Der Plan as early as 1979. The exhibition Evil Clowns 
explores the often disquieting figure of the clown, which has made an 
“uncanny” career in recent years. Today (evil) clowns appear in a wide 
range of contexts including (anti-)advertisement (Ronald McDonald and 
various spoofs), political activism (The Yes Men), TV series (Krusty in 
The Simpsons), horror films and Hollywood productions (Killer Clowns 
from Outer Space; Pennywise in Stephen King’s It; the Joker as Batman’s 
opponent), pop music (Der Plan, The Residents) and in contemporary art. 
The masked jester makes us laugh – but behold: There’s Nothing Funny 
About a Clown in the Moonlight (Lon Chaney). This was again demonstrated 
recently by the Northampton Clown. The international exhibition Evil 
Clowns at Hartware MedienKunstVerein explores this ambivalent character. 
’Send in the clowns!’ (Frank Sinatra)

As part of the exhibition Evil Clowns HMKV cooperates with
Jeu de Paume in Paris, who have commissioned new work by Constant 
Dullaart (NL): "High Retention, Slow Delivery!!" (2014)

With works by:
Marion Auburtin (FR)
Blue Noses (RU)
Barbara Breitenfellner (DE)
The Cacophony Society (US)
Kimberly Clark (NL)
Deichkind (DE)
Constant Dullaart (NL)
George Grosz (DE)
Guerrilla Girls (US)
Insane Clown Posse
The Joker
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Krusty the Clown
Laibach (SI)
Renzo Martens (NL)
Ronald McDonald
The Northampton Clown
Novi kolektivizem (SI)
Der Plan (DE)
Pogo the Clown
Abner Preis (IL/US/NL)
Pussy Riot (RU)
The Residents (US)
Roee Rosen (IL)
Aura Rosenberg (US/DE)
Christoph Schlingensief (DE)
Cindy Sherman (US)
Super A (DE)
Jeffrey Vallance (US)
The Yes Men (US)

Curated by Inke Arns

The Cacophony Society selection was curated by Marie Lechner.

On the occasion of the exhibition a book will be published in January 
2015 containing essays by Inke Arns, Mark Dery, Judith Funke and Marie 

Tickets: €5 / €2,50 concessions

Program Tips: On Saturday, 27 September 2014 the 14th Dortmund DEW21 
Museum Night will take place. On this day the Dortmunder U will open 
only at 4 pm.

Supported by the Art Foundation of NRW (Kunststiftung NRW).

In collaboration with Jeu de Paume (Paris).

Main sponsors of the HMKV:
Cultural Office of the City of Dortmund
Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of 
North Rhine-Westphalia
Dortmunder U – Centre for Art and Creativity

With the kind support of the Office for Visual Arts/Institut français in 
collaboration with the French Ministry for Culture and Communication/DGCA.

Media partners:
ARTE Creative

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