Past Exhibitions

Make your own life: Artists in and out of cologne

Make your own life: Artists in and out of cologne

Make Your Own Life: Artists In and Out of Cologne

May 18 – July 29, 2007

Bernadette Corporation, Cosima von Bonin, Merlin Carpenter, Stephan Dillemuth, Michaela Eichwald, Andrea Fraser, Kim Gordon, Charline von Heyl, Gareth James, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Jutta Koether, Michael Krebber, Louise Lawler, Hans-Jorg Mayer, Lucy McKenzie, Nils Norman, Albert Oehlen, Christian Philipp Muller, Stephen Prina, Josephine Pryde, Blake Rayne, Reena Spaulings, Josef Strau, Rosemarie Trockel, Filmgruppe West, Christopher Williams, and Christopher Wool, among others.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Cologne, Germany emerged as one of the most important centers of contemporary art in Europe.   Make Your Own Life: Artists In and Out of Cologne, is an exciting, multi-media exhibition of paintings, video, installation and music that brings together three generations of European and American artists who encountered each other’s work in Cologne, sparking an important cross-migration of ideas, which made a lasting impact on contemporary art.

Make Your Own Life: Artists In and Out of Cologne, is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and curated by Bennett Simpson, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Support for this exhibition includes the sponsorship of Barbara B. & Theodore R.  Aronson for the exhibition catalogue, the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, a granting program of the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by the University of the Arts, Philadelphia for research and planning funds,  and  Patsy and Karl Rugart and the  Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany New York.    Additional funding has been provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Dietrich Foundation Inc., the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art, friends and members of ICA, the University of Pennsylvania and in-kind support from Loews Philadelphia Hotel.