The Fate of Irony was organized by Zdenek Felix and Ludwig Seyfarth for the KAI 10 Raum für Kunst in Düsseldorf this summer. The catalog, from Kerber, has text from Jörg Heiser, Sarah Khan, Ursula Panhans-Bühler, Olav Westphalen and Gregory Williams.
The problem is posed:
Irony is one of the defining characteristics of postmodernism. But has it now fallen victim to an ironic twist of fate? … Now that we live in an age of globalization, has it become a universal language that draws on a collective pool of references, or is it still culture-specific? … The artistic positions presented… home in on the intercultural comprehensibility of verbal and pictorial irony.
The exhibition included work from Guillaume Bijl, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Werner Büttner, Daniela Comani, Marcel Dzama, Christian Jankowski, Markus Karstieß, Martin Kippenberger, Julia Kissina, Peter Jap Lim, Roman Ondák, Julia Oschatz, Peter Piller and Ming Wong.