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The Fate of Irony

Irony is one of the defining characteristics of postmodernism. But has it now fallen victim to an ironic twist of fate? Has it exhausted its own repertoire or is it still a meaningful strategy, a necessary aspect of our culture, or perhaps even a powerful weapon with which to defend ourselves against fundamentalist world pictures? Where and how is irony understood? Now that we live in an age of globalization, has it become a universal language that draws on a collective pool of references, or is it still culture-specific? These questions and others like them are vital to our understanding of contemporary art. The Fate of Irony explores the many different ways in which ironic strategies can be deployed. The artistic positions presented not only demonstrate a frequently tongue-in-cheek, critical attitude to art’s societal, political and social contexts and systems, but also home in on the intercultural comprehensibility of verbal and pictorial irony.

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"The Fate of Irony"

April 2010

ISBN 978-3-86678-429-1

16,50 x 23,00 cm

128 Pages

68 colored illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German, English

KAI 10 Raum für Kunst, Düsseldorf

preface by
Monika Schnetkamp

Zdenek Felix, Jörg Heiser, Sarah Khan, Ursula Panhans-Bühler, Ludwig Seyfarth, Olav Westphalen and Gregory Williams
The illustrated book wasw published additionally to the exhibition „The Fate of Irony“, 24 April to 10 July 2010, KAI 10 Raum für Kunst, Düsseldorf.