Contemporary Arts

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Contemporary art is art , especially fine art , that is produced by contemporaries and perceived as significant by other contemporaries. As a rule - unless a defined, past, time frame is explicitly mentioned ("contemporary art of the 19th century") - this refers to the respective contemporary art . Comparable terms in this context are current art and the English term contemporary art .


Conceptual Art : Art & Language : Mirror Piece (1965)

The terms contemporary art and contemporary art are used to avoid the terms modern art or avant-garde . In everyday language , modern stands for "contemporary, according to the taste of the times, modern" and in this respect can be considered a synonym for contemporary . In technical terms, in the context of art and cultural history, the concept of modernity is more or less firmly linked to an epoch in art history that is not closed but is already historical. Especially in connection with the emergence of the term postmodern , see also postmodern architecture , modern is no longer necessarily considered to be contemporary or contemporary.

The terms contemporary art, contemporary art and contemporary art are not associated with any statements about concept, artistic style, technology, form or belonging to an artistic trend, movement or group. Contemporary art can be painting , but for example it can also be in a form that only established itself in the last few years and decades, such as video art , performance , conceptual art or abstract metal sculpture .

The terms contemporary art and contemporary art can not only target the individual work of art , but also a cultural and economic system of art production that is difficult to define, which partially overlaps with the art business and is partially oriented towards the art market . Many museums and art exhibitions that take place on a regular basis see themselves today as exhibition locations for relevant contemporary art. The five-year documenta exhibition in Kassel is considered to be the most important exhibition for contemporary art . In connection with the terms contemporary art and current art , the organizers of the documenta 12 exhibition in 2007 emphasized that “[…]“ current ”does not mean that the works were created yesterday. They must be significant for us today. "

Criticism of the term

However, the globalization process calls into question the concept of a uniform contemporary society. “The 'contemporary art'” is a collective image of postmodernism. [...] According to the linguistic logic, this combination of words claims to encompass a - more or less - global contemporary community. In reality, it acts as a value concept with an admission function: It determines what is art and what is not. The artistic quality of the works of art by contemporaries who do not fit into the established concept of 'contemporary art' are denied due to this difference.

See also

Web links

The Umbrella Man, an installation during the Umbrella Protests in Hong Kong (2014)
Commons : Contemporary Art  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Mackensen - Large German Dictionary , 1977
  2. according to DOCUMENTA KASSEL 16 / 06–23 / 09 2007 , leaflet of documenta 12, going to press 2006–11
  3. ^ Lyudmila Belkin: Foreign Contemporaries . In: Faust Culture , June 15, 2015.