Various Others: Joker at Jahn und Jahn

Artists: Marcel Broodthaers, Rasmus Nilausen, Caragh Thuring, Troels Wörsel

Exhibition title: Various Others: Joker

Venue: Jahn und Jahn, Munich, Germany

Date: September 12 – October 10, 2020

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Jahn und Jahn, Munich

Joker is an exhibition about images, language, and the space in between.

“I know that noise! Someone has just died!”
“No, it was just a grasshopper jumping on your bed.”

Scarcely have I begun to open my eyes—already I begin to distinguish one thing from another.

Joker is an exhibition about vision—looking, speaking, writing, image making, and the beauty (and tragedy) of deciphering signs and text. Images as texts, as tools of refection.

“A lot of dirty towels are lying on the foor.” —

— “Did I really see the towels lying there, or did I only read the sentence: ‘A lot of dirty towels are lying on the foor’?” —

— “Yes, you only dreamed of the dirty towels.”

Joker is an exhibition about shadows. Or to be more precise: about the diference between the shadow and its origin. Let’s call it irony.

Irony is to be found in the gap between the subject and its antithesis—to be activated by the reader.

“Do you know the diference between — ?” —

— “Yes, the diference is a joke!”

Joker is an exhibition about poetry. About relations. About the joy of making sense. It is put together by the artist Julius Heinemann.

Excerpts from Peter Handke’s poem “Distinctions” in Peter Handke, The Innerworld of the Outerworld of the Innerworld, trans. Michael Rolof (NewYork: Seabury Press, 1974).

Marcel Broodthaers
1924 Brussels –1976 Cologne

Rasmus Nilausen (garcía | galería, Madrid)
1980 born in Copenhagen, lives and works in Barcelona

Caragh Thuring (Thomas Dane Gallery, London)
1972 born in Brussels, lives and works in London and Argyll, Scotland

Troels Wörsel (Jahn und Jahn, Munich)
1950 Aarhus – 2018 Cologne