Stoffbilder: On Capitalist Realisms

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This essay critically examines the exhibition Leben mit Pop: Eine Reproduktion des Kapitalistischen Realismus, which was first staged in 2013 at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. This exhibition surveyed the emergence of Capitalist Realism as a regional form of Pop Art in West Germany during the 1960s. The article evaluates Leben mit Pop as a modification of established art historical scholarship and as an intervention within ongoing debates in curatorial practices and critical cultural theory. It aims to resituate Capitalist Realism relative to the consolidation of the North Atlantic art market, arguing that this allows for a more incisive account of its relevance to contemporary art.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-102
Number of pages22
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Capitalist Realism
  • Cold War
  • Contemporary Art
  • History of Exhibitions
  • Modernism
  • Pop Art
  • West Germany

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • History


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