Strange Beauty, Beck and Eggeling, Dusseldorf

10th November 2017 - 20th January 2018

 La Grande Jatte, 2016




10 November 2017 – 20 January 2018 | Düsseldorf


Beauty is difficult to defined. Every era, every generation, everyone is evaluating beauty according to their own culture-dependent criteria and conventions, or they try to undermine it. Volatile, transient, yet omnipresent, beauty can hardly be specified. It is rarely uncontroversial, sometimes bulky and it is not easily accessible. Beauty and art have always been closely connected.


The exhibition STRANGE BEAUTY illustrates how differently and even unexpectedly artists choose to approach or exploit beauty as a subject, often hidden. It features artists from the second half of the twentieth century up to the present, both renowned and young contemporaries. A choice of different media, techniques and genres interact with each other to lend vitality and power of expression to the subject. The exhibition focuses on painting, sculpture and photography.


Portraits from the 1950s and 1960s by photographers Lucien Clergue and Diane Arbus are the earliest exhibits of this show. Paintings by Gerhard Hoehme, Chris Reinecke and Norbert Tadeusz, a drawing by Gerhard Altenbourg and a sculpture by Magdalena Abakanowicz further make up the historic part of the exhibition. The contemporary section comprises, amongst others, photographs by Roger Ballen, Joachim Brohm, Jürgen Klauke, Richard Mosse and Thomas Wrede; paintings by Leiko Ikemura, Susanne Kühn, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Norbert Schwontkowski and Miriam Vlaming; drawings by Monica Ursina Jäger, Robert Longo, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra and Robert Wilson; as well as sculptures by Bertozzi & Casoni, Gehard Demetz and Katsura Funakoshi.

A catalouge will be published on occasion of the exhibition.


, 10 November 2017, 6-9pm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art
Bilker Str. 5 & 4–6, 40213 Düsseldorf


Kunst in der Carlstadt

Fr. 10 Nov. 2017, 6–9pm 
 Sat. 11 Nov. 2017, noon–6pm

Participating artists

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Rania Akl, Gerhard Altenbourg, Diane Arbus, Nikos Aslanidis, Roger Ballen, Herbert Beck, Bertozzi & Casoni, Louise Bourgeois, Joachim Brohm, Jewgeni Chaldej, Lucien Clergue, Gehard Demetz, Lorenza Diaz, Joachim Elzmann, Katsura Funakoshi, Marianna Gartner, Wolf Hamm, Aspassio Haronitaki, Damien Hirst, Gerhard Hoehme, Leiko Ikemura, Monica Ursina Jäger, Lia Kazakou, Julia Kissina, Jürgen Klauke, Susanne Kühn, Daecheon Lee, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, Robert Longo, Robert Lucander, Xavier Mascaró, Richard Mosse, Hartmut Neumann, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Chris Reinecke, Katharina Schilling, Norbert Schwontkowski, Valentina Seidel, Norbert Tadeusz, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Miriam Vlaming, Stefan à Wengen, Robert Wilson, Thomas Wrede.


Aspassio Haronitaki, Louise, Diasec, 2003, 50 x 44,5 cm

Norbert Tadeuszo. T., Acrylic on canvas, 2002, 60 x 80 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, courtesy Norbert Tadeusz Estate | Petra Lemmerz // Susanne KühnEs ist schwierig, einen rennenden Baum zu zeichnen, ink, charcoal, carbon black, dispersion on canvas, 2016, 230 x 180 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017 // Katsura Funakoshi, Dancing as a pupa (Homage to a dancer), painted camphor wood, marble and steel, 2001, 97 x 84 x 80 cm // Roger BallenAbandoned, pigment print on Hahnemühle-paper, 2009, 90 x 90 cm © Roger Ballen // Jürgen KlaukeÄsthetische Paranoia,C-Print, 125 x 114 cm


November 10, 2017