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Exhibition Guide

Media Coverage

Funkhaus Europa, Süpermercado, Interview with Inke Arns, 5 Nov 2014, 10-12 am

Matthias Goergens: "Vom Spaßmacher zum Schreckgespenst: Warum die Clowns jetzt böse sind", Interview with Inke Arns, in: WDR, 5 Nov 2014

Bettina Pfleging: "Bildserie 45 / 2014: Clowns: Tollpatschig, lustig, weise, tragisch oder gruselig?", Prometheus: Verteiltes digitales Bildarchiv für Forschung und Lehre, 2 Nov 2014

Libération, front page, 31 Oct 2014, link to local copy

Bruno Icher, Éric Loret: "Le bouffon diabolique, figure classique: Le cinéma puis les séries télé ont souvent exploité ce personnage malaisant et torturé", in: Libération, 31 Oct 2014, pp. 3-4

Oliver Pohlisch: "Kuratorin über Clown-Terror: „Stärker als Zombies“ ", Interview with Inke Arns, in: taz - die tageszeitung, 31 Oct 2014

Emmanuelle Jardonnet: "Les clowns méchants, objet d’une exposition en Allemagne", Interview with Inke Arns, Le Monde, 31 Oct 2014

Ralf Stiftel, "Grinsen mit Reißzähnen", in: Westfälischer Anzeiger, Culture, 31 Oct 2014 (not online)

WDR television, Lokalzeit aus Dortmund, 31 Oct 2014; 27 Sep 2014

SAT1 nrw, 17:30, 31 Oct 2014; 26 Sep 2014

"Frage des Tages - Ist der Clown noch zu retten?", Deutschlandradio Kultur, Kompressor, 30 Oct 2014, 14:10 - www.deutschlandradiokultur.de

Oliver Pohlisch, "Ansichten Böser Clowns", in: taz - die tageszeitung, 24 Oct 2014

Constant Dullaart: "100,000 Followers for Everyone! 2.5 million Instagram followers were bought and distributed by artist Constant Dullaart amongst a personal selection of active art-world Instagram accounts", in: DISmagazine, Oct 2014

Peter Ortmann: "Wo muss eine Gesellschaft hin, damit sie so eine Figur braucht?", Interview mit Inke Arns zur Ausstellung Böse Clowns, trailer, Oct 2014, p. 41

Tilman Abegg: "Der Künstler Abner Preis im Interview: "Ich will, dass sie fühlen"", in: Ruhrnachrichten, 1 Oct 2014 (and WAZ, Westfälische Rundschau)

Tilman Abegg: "So kommen Sie ohne Angst durch die "Böse Clowns"-Ausstellung im U", in: Ruhrnachrichten, 1 Oct 2014

Tilman Abegg: "Das böse Bunt", in: Ruhrnachrichten, 26 Sep 2014

Deutschlandfunk, CORSO - Kultur nach 3, 26 Sep 2014

Michael Köhler, "Krusty säuft, Pennywise tötet Kinder", in: Deutschlandradio Kultur, 25 Sep 2014

Ulrike Märkel: "Ausstellung “Böse Clowns” – ein Besuch bei der Kuratorin Inke Arns, Hartware MedienKunstVerein", Ruhrbarone, 12 Sep 2014

Marion Auburtin, Clown Maléfique, oil on paper,  31 x 41 cm, from the series La Nuit des Masques, 2014

Evil Clowns

Dortmunder U | 3rd floor | 09/27/2014 - 03/08/2015

The exhibition Evil Clowns organised by HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein) at Dortmunder U from 27 September 2014 to 8 March 2015 attracted about 9,000 visitors! It explored the figure of the evil clown in contemporary and popular culture (film, music videos, advertisement, political activism) by highlighting its inherent ambivalence and tracing its mutation from popular entertainer to creepy villain.

Last but not least the exhibition has attracted interest from various institutions and will travel to Kunstpalais Erlangen in 2016:

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24 April - 26 June 2016
Kunstpalais Erlangen
Marktplatz 1
91054 Erlangen, Germany
T + (0)9131.86 2735


On the exhibition:
Dangerous clowns are standing by the side of the road’, sang the Düsseldorf band Der Plan as early as 1979. The exhibition Evil Clowns explores the often disquieting figure of the clown, which has made an “uncanny” career in recent years. Today (evil) clowns appear in a wide range of contexts including (anti-)advertisement (Ronald McDonald and various spoofs), political activism (The Yes Men), TV series (Krusty in The Simpsons), horror films and Hollywood productions (Killer Clowns from Outer Space; Pennywise in Stephen King’s It; the Joker as Batman’s opponent), pop music (Der Plan, The Residents) and in contemporary art. The masked jester makes us laugh – but behold: There’s Nothing Funny About a Clown in the Moonlight (Lon Chaney). This was again demonstrated recently by the Northampton Clown. The international exhibition Evil Clowns at Hartware MedienKunstVerein explores this ambivalent character. ’Send in the clowns!’ (Frank Sinatra)

As part of the exhibition Evil Clowns HMKV cooperates with
Jeu de Paume
in Paris, who have commissioned new work by Constant Dullaart (NL): "High Retention, Slow Delivery!!" (2014)

With works by:
Marion Auburtin (FR)
Blue Noses (RU)
Barbara Breitenfellner (DE)
The Cacophony Society (US)
Kimberly Clark (NL)
Deichkind (DE)
Constant Dullaart (NL)
George Grosz (DE)
Guerrilla Girls (US)
Insane Clown Posse
The Joker
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Krusty the Clown
Laibach (SI)
Renzo Martens (NL)
Ronald McDonald
The Northampton Clown
Novi kolektivizem (SI)
Der Plan (DE)
Pogo the Clown
Abner Preis (IL/US/NL)
Pussy Riot (RU)
The Residents (US)
Roee Rosen (IL)
Aura Rosenberg (US/DE)
Christoph Schlingensief (DE)
Cindy Sherman (US)
Super A (DE)
Jeffrey Vallance (US)
The Yes Men (US)

Curated by Inke Arns

The Cacophony Society selection was curated by Marie Lechner.

On the occasion of the exhibition a book will be published in June 2015 containing essays by Inke Arns, Mark Dery, Judith Funke and Marie Lechner.

Tickets: €5 / €2,50 concessions

Program Tips: On Saturday, 27 September 2014 the 14th Dortmund DEW21 Museum Night will take place. On this day the Dortmunder U will open only at 4 pm.

Böse Clowns

| 2016

Supported by the Art Foundation of NRW (Kunststiftung NRW).

In collaboration with Jeu de Paume (Paris).

Main sponsors of the HMKV:
Cultural Office of the City of Dortmund
Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Dortmunder U – Centre for Art and Creativity

With the kind support of the Office for Visual Arts/Institut français in collaboration with the French Ministry for Culture and Communication/DGCA.

Media partners:
ARTE Creative


For press handouts and photos please visit our press section.


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HMKV VIDEO // Evil Clowns