The Assembled Human

8 November 2019 – 15 March 2020

This large-scale autumn exhibition investigates the reciprocal relationships between human beings and machines from the end of the nineteenth century until the present. Crossing media and epochs, the show provides a comprehensive look at artistic engagements with the most influential developments of our time: industrialisation, technologisation and digitisation. The exhibition is divided into five chapters, traversing the visual worlds of Marcel Duchamp and El Lissitzky, Fernand Léger, Hannah Höch, and John Heartfield, right through to Eduardo Paolozzi, Rebecca Horn and Ed Atkins. In addition to numerous international loans, works from the Museum Folkwang collection complete this cultural-historical survey.

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Fernand Léger
Le Mécanicien, 1920
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Photo: NGC