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    The Michael Jackson: On the Wall Exhibition starts in Germany today!
    https://www.bundeskunsthalle.de/en/home.html

    Because of the newest witch hunt the Bundeskunsthalle is on the defensive for going ahead with the exhibition. If you cannot visit the exhibition, which is fantastic, in person, please leave a positive and assuring comment on the links below:

    https://magazin.bundeskunsthalle.de/...chael-jackson/
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    https://magazin.bundeskunsthalle.de/2019/02/michael-jackson-musiker-ikone-kunstwerk/


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    Default Re: Michael Jackson: On The Wall Exhibition GERMANY (22 March 2019)

    German press is already framing the exhibition as 'problematic' and describing the atmosphere as "oppressive"...

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    Default Re: Michael Jackson: On The Wall Exhibition GERMANY (22 March 2019)

    Quote Originally Posted by wednesday View Post
    Again, the media making it more than what it is. The event looks nice. Leave it alone.
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    Default Re: Michael Jackson: On The Wall Exhibition GERMANY (22 March 2019)

    I´m looking forward to the exhibition since it exists!

    Today in our local newspaper was such a weak hint to the exhibition. I hoped they will refrain from any nonsense - but no, additionally the writer makes bias noises to LN. It´s sooo stupid. But nevertheless I´m angry about it. I have to write a letter to the editor.
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    I can't wait to see it.

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    Default Re: Michael Jackson: On The Wall Exhibition GERMANY (22 March 2019)

    Why are we presenting an exhibition about Michael Jackson?

    Rein Wolfs is answering key questions on the exhibition "Michael Jackson: On The Wall"

    Despite renewed allegations of sexual abuse, the long-planned Michael Jackson exhibition in Bonn will go ahead as planned. The Bundeskunsthalle seeks to engage the public in a debate. Director Rein Wolfs is answering key questions.
    Why is the Bundeskunsthalle presenting an exhibition about Michael Jackson?
    Michael Jackson is a key figure in pop music of the last 50 years. There are very few musicians who have attained a similarly iconic status. His enormous influence also made itself felt in the visual arts, and we want to show the enormous reach of his cultural impact. Michael Jackson: On the Wall is an art exhibition. It does not seek to shed light on Michael Jackson’s biography, nor does it deal with his work. Instead, it probes the impact of the ‘Michael Jackson phenomenon’ on the visual arts.
    Sexual abuse claims against Michael Jackson currently make the headlines. Why have you decided to go ahead with the exhibition despite these allegations?
    The curatorial concept of the exhibition was first developed by the National Portrait Gallery in London more than three years ago. The release of the documentary Leaving Neverland, which is currently bringing the newly surfaced allegations to a worldwide audience, could not be foreseen at the time.
    The allegations are shocking, and we do take them very seriously. They cast a different light on the artist whose persona is at the heart of the work shown in the exhibition. However, thus far the allegations remain unproven. The last time they were aired in court, Michael Jackson was exonerated. This is not to detract from the importance of the subject and its deep emotional impact. We are very aware of this and feel a responsibility not to shy away from it. On the contrary, as a public institution, we see it as our task to address it head-on and to create a platform for public debate.
    „As a public institution, we see it as our task to address it head-on and to create a platform for public debate.“
    First and foremost, however, Michael Jackson: On the Wall is an art exhibition, and we stand by its relevance as such. We dissociate ourselves from Michael Jackson as a person, but we do not wish to pretend that the works of art he inspired over the course of the last 35 years were never made or irrelevant. That would be the wrong decision.
    Can the artist and his work be looked at separately? Michal Jackson, more than many other artists, is seen as a gesamtkunstwerk.
    Throughout history, there are many artists with rather ambivalent biographies and a penchant for the gesamtkunstwerk. This does, of course, not constitute an explanation or an excuse. However, we do have to ask ourselves how we want to approach this problem. Do we want to erase these unsavoury aspects from history or do we want to talk about them? I believe we have to discuss them. I am, of course, aware that artist and work cannot be separated entirely, but the phenomenon has to be seen in a wider context. Thus, the exhibition Michael Jackson: On the Wall is an exhibition of works by artists who have responded to Michael Jackson in a wide range of ways.
    Should our response to the works be affected by the new allegations?
    When we think about Michael Jackson as a person, the wider context is almost inevitably there as well. This does, naturally, affect the interpretation of the works that engage with him. At the same time, there is a great deal of both irony and critique in the response of the visual artists to Michael Jackson.
    The works by Paul McCarthy, for example, which we are showing in Bonn and which were not shown in London or Paris, reference a sculpture of Michael Jackson and his pet chimpanzee Bubbles by Jeff Koons, which was, in turn, based on a press photograph that went around the world. Jeff Koons’s work already picked up on the eccentricity of Michael Jackson’s public persona. Paul McCarthy, in turn, uses strikingly distorted proportions to further underline the bizarre extremes this kind of personality cult can take. Here, as in all his work, Paul McCarthy probes the abysmal depth of our psychological and moral make-up.
    „Several works are distinguished by an ambiguity that could not be more apposite.“
    Jordon Wolfson’s work Neverland directly references the allegations. The video shows the eyes of the pop star isolated from the rest of his face. Shifts in the direction of his gaze and blinks become a defining feature of the film. Wolfson drew on material of a programme Jackson filmed at Neverland in 1993, in which he roundly refuted all allegations of child abuse. We do not hear Michael Jackson speak; the only sound we hear is running water.
    Many works engage with Jackson’s stylisation and presentation of himself. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait, for example, may at first glance look like a crazy apotheosis of Michael Jackson, on closer inspection, however, it is full of irony and probes the ridiculousness and exaggeration that characterises portraits of revered figures from pop stars to political rulers.
    Will the exhibition differ in terms of content from its previous incarnations in London and Paris?
    We will not make any changes to the exhibits, but we will present a few works that were not shown in London and Paris. Several works are distinguished by an ambiguity that could not be more apposite. We could not possibly change the exhibition in its entirety. It is about Jackson’s impact on the visual arts.
    How does the Bundeskunsthalle address the current allegations?
    We are developing a programme that provides an opportunity and a forum for discussion and exchange. There will by panel discussions, and contact persons will be on site in the exhibition ready to engage in a dialogue and to answer questions from visitors.

    https://magazin.bundeskunsthalle.de/...chael-jackson/
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    Default Re: Michael Jackson: On The Wall Exhibition GERMANY (22 March 2019)

    Nice article by the mjvibe team who visited the opening of the exhibition in Bonn:

    Hmm, okay. Link to mjvibe does not work...
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    Default Re: Michael Jackson: On The Wall Exhibition GERMANY (22 March 2019)

    wish we had an exhibition here in australia

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    If you can, join the debate about IDOLIZATION, POWER, ABUSE on Sunday, April 7th at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn/Germany. They will talk about Weinstein, Spacey, Michael Jackson and the abuse of power. Should be interesting.

    Diskussion: Anbetung, Macht, Missbrauch


    Eine gesellschaftliche Kontroverse im Fokus


    Einen Tag nach der Ausstrahlung der Dokumentation Leaving Neverland über die Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegen Michael Jackson geht die Diskussion in der Bundeskunsthalle der Frage nach, wie unsere Gesellschaft mit diesem Problem umgeht.

    Popstars, Künstlerinnen und Künstler, Politikerinnen und Politiker wie auch andere Menschen in potenziellen Machtpositionen genießen eine herausgehobene Stellung in unserer Gesellschaft. Ihr Einfluss und Ansehen garantieren ihnen Hochachtung und Bewunderung, was jedoch eigentlich vor allem auch eines bedeutet: große Verantwortung. Was geschieht, wenn dieses Vertrauen missbraucht und das Machtgefälle ausgenutzt wird? Wie geht die Öffentlichkeit damit um, wie reagiert ein Fan, wenn der bewunderte Star sich moralisch, politisch oder ethisch schuldig gemacht hat? Wo liegen die Ursachen für Machtmissbrauch? Muss am Ende sogar das künstlerische Werk und Schaffen vor dem neuen Wissenshintergrund anders betrachtet werden?

    Nicht nur der verstorbene Michael Jackson, sondern auch zahlreiche weitere Personen des öffentlichen Lebens wie Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein und der deutsche Regisseur Dieter Wedel oder immer wieder kirchliche Würdenträger sind im Zusammenhang mit Missbrauchsvorwürfen und dem Hashtag #metoo in jüngster Zeit in den Fokus von Debatten gerückt.

    In der moralischen Bewertungsskala wird der Missbrauch von Kindern und Jugendlichen am schärfsten verurteilt. Es fehlen aber verlässliche Daten, ob die Zahl sexuell missbrauchter Kinder und Jugendlicher in Deutschland steigt, ob sie gleich bleibt oder sogar fällt. Bei Pädophilie gibt es eine Dunkelziffer, deren Größe niemand exakt benennen kann. Wie groß das „Dunkelfeld“ der einschlägigen Straftaten ist ? wie viele Delikte also nicht erkannt und nicht angezeigt werden und deshalb in keiner Statistik auftauchen ? ist seit Jahren Gegenstand heftiger Dispute.

    https://www.bundeskunsthalle.de/en/e...html#event1663
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    I was lucky enough to see this in London and it was fantastic. I recommend the exhibition catalogue if you cant get to the show

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    Default Re: Michael Jackson: On The Wall Exhibition GERMANY (22 March 2019)

    I'd love to hear what happens at the discussion on the 7th, if anyone attends. The works have been framed curatorially in a very different way at Bonn compared to London, which (from memory, so I could be wrong) did not mention the allegations.

    I found a link on amazon to the catalogue, its a big coffee table book with beautiful reproductions of works, Id recommend it https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Jac...gateway&sr=8-1

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    By artist Faith Ringgold:

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    I visited the exhibition in Germany last week. They have several artworks that were not on display in London.

    The best thing for me, however, was seeing a young boy of maybe 8 or 9 years old who was there with his father. He walked around the exhibition with an actual digital camera around his neck and photographed the Mark Ryden painting (Dangerous album cover). Just before they left the father turned to his son and asked if he was satisfied and if they could go now. The boy answered "super" and walked out of the exhibition beaming. That exchange just made my heart melt.

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    Yesterday I visited ´Michael Jackson - On The Wall´ in Bonn. It is really the full pleasure to see the very well presented exhibition. To see pictures of Michael in a lot of different ways, in all sizes and colors and even in motion - for hours...

    I can say I like the most of the exhibits (especially the works by David LaChapelle, Todd Gray, Lorraine O´Grady, Yan Pei-Ming, of course Marl Ryden, Sam Lipp, Klara Lidén); the pictures by Catherine Opie are so touching; and some are very funny (as for instance the video-project by Candice Breitz, which I had seen already twice completely! in another exhibtion some years before); some I definitely did not like (such as the thing with the empty loafers at the balloons, and the caption to the painting by Maggi Hambling just shows her ignorance). I love that Jam and Working Day And Night is quietly heard through all the rooms.

    But besides my personal view the exhibition is an interesting journey through the ideas, thoughts and feelings, the artistic involvement of very different fine artists who are touched in any way by Michael Jackson.

    Girls and boys if you are living anywhere around here in Germany or close to it in Europe - make the trip to the exhibition, too!
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