The exhibition “From the Inside to the Outside” brings together artists who deal with the body as a means of expression, platform, or tool of their artistic creation. The body does not only serve as a thematic basis of art, but furthermore as a stage and venue for transformative processes or experimental performances.
Performance art is often associated with border crossings. Taboos are broken, societal constraints are questioned, or political restrictions are shown. Methodically, however, another border is crossed: the one from the inside to the outside.
The body becomes a mirror of ideas, imaginations, and feelings. It indicates a border which, as this exhibition makes clear, can neither be clearly defined nor is it invariable. The body as a mirror of fluid identities is perceived as a changeable variable. Categories such as age or gender are questioned as well as beauty ideals or social conventions.
"From the Inside to the Outside" follows a path that begins in the bodilessness of our deepest inner being and at the end of which the body itself is designated as a work of art. From Kristin Oppenheim's intangible sound installation to Martha Wilson's art, which overrides the separation between the artist's body and the work, there are various intermediate stops and branches that will be explored in this exhibition.