- Jürgen Teller, Young Pink Kate, London, 1998
© Jürgen Teller und Christine König Galerie
- Larry Clark, untitled, 1971
© Larry Clark, Simon Lee Gallery, London & Hong Kong and Luhring Augustine, New York
- Bettina Rheims, Madonna laughing and holding her breasts, New York, 1994
© Bettina Rheims, Jérôme de Noirmont – Art & Confrontation
Over forty years ago, Yoko Ono and John Lennon went to bed together to protest against the war. The artist couple turned their honeymoon into a public event, with the famous “Make love, not war!” announcement from their bed. In this scene of John and Yoko, the bed becomes a political instrument for the visual arts.
The Sleepless exhibition focusses on the bed as a motif found throughout historic as well as contemporary art. It includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and videos, that range from the oeuvre of old masters to the works of modern artists.
A place of birth, love, sickness and death, found in every form of human expression, and throughout every culture, the bed is the most frequently reproduced object found in art. Its representation often carries metaphorical meaning: the bed as an illustration of the existential human condition.
On display are works by renowned photographers such as Jürgen Teller, Nobuyoshi Araki, Diane Arbus, Bettina Rheims and Yayoi Kusama.
Further information at: Belvedere