The Art of Aging

We are Always There for You / All Your Life

Year: 2008 Type: Print publication Languages: German Price: 16.00 € Format: 18 x 24,5 cm, softcover with dust jacket, sewn binding Scope: 134 p., numerous images, color and b/w ISBN: 978-3-938515-19-8 Cooperation: Kunsthaus Dresden, Städtische Galerie für Gegenwartskunst

The exhibition Ein Leben lang (All your Life) at the nGbK presented artistic positions which question and analyze the cliché-ridden images prevalent in our society and concepts of old age. How do ageing people regard their own bodies, society and death?

The catalogue presents artistic positions from two exhibitions, whose close thematic relationship led to their being prepared in cooperation: Ein Leben lang at the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (26 July – 31 August 2008) and Wir sind immer für Euch da (We are Always There for You) at Kunsthaus Dresden (10 May – 13 July 2008). The catalogue includes contributions by Sabine Kampmann (on images of ageing in art and the media), Thomas Küpper (on the way films show ageing), Stephan Lessenich (on the working capacity and productivity of older employees) Simon Marschke (thematic introduction to the NGBK exhibition), and Dominikus Müller (on forgetfulness and dementia). It also contains an essayistic contribution by Silvia Bovenschen from her most recent book Älter werden (Getting Older).

Eds.: nGbK, Kunsthaus Dresden, Städtische Galerie für Gegenwartskunst

Work group: Raluca C.E. Blidar, Simon Marschke, Jan Sauerwald, Susann Schwarz, Jana Sylvester, Susanne Weiß

With contributions by: Silvia Bovenschen, Sabine Kampmann, Thomas Küpper, von Stephan Lessenich, Simon Marschke, Dominikus Müller