Between 1957 and 1972, the Situationist International (S.I.) first conceived a Revolutionary Front in Culture and then shifted its propaganda to the political field. With the methods of game, the movement practiced fundamental criticism of the spectacle of the commodity society. At a time when market principles are increasingly permeating all areas of life, The Most Dangerous Game encourages a reconsideration of the years in which S. I. formulated its critique.
With reference to a missing collage of S.I. co-founder Guy Debord, the title of the exhibition recalls, on the one hand, the revolutionary seriousness with which S. I. radicalized the conflicts of the post-war period. On the other hand, it emphasizes the element of the game that moved it in all her ways. The big city and everyday life served as a “playroom” for them. Here they sought the confrontation with the bourgeois system – aesthetically through a “construction of situations”, theoretically through accurate analyzes of modern commodity society.
The exhibition deals with the break with art around 1962, when S. I. dissociated itself from those members who wanted to hold on to a mainly artistic practice. It follows the activities of the p. I. until the revolt in May 1968 in France, in which the S. I. was significantly involved. The uprising was stifled after a few weeks. But bourgeois society adapted itself to the themes of revolting youth and subse- quently subjected all areas of life – including sexuality – to capitalist exploitation.
With works by Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Armando, Enrico Baj, Conrad Bakker, CoBrA, Constant, Corneille, Guy Debord, Erwin Eisch, Ansgar Elde, Farfa, Lothar Fischer, International Lettriste, International Situation List, Isidore Isou, Jacqueline de Jong, Asger Jorn, Laboratorio Sperimentale, Uwe Lausen, Jeppesen Victor Martin, Giordano Melanotte, Eva Renée Nele, Erik Nyholm, Panamarenko, Giuseppe Pinot-Gallizio, Hans Platschek, Heimrad Prem, Ralph Rumney, Piero Simondo, Group SPUR, Gretel Stadler, Hardy Strid , Helmut Sturm, Maurice Wyckaert, Hans-Peter Zimmer.
Admission is free.
This exhibition takes place in the frame of the project 100 Years of presence.