Anna McNay

Review of Art into Society – Society into Art: Seven German Artists at the ICA

Art into Society – Society into Art:
Seven German Artists

ICA Fox Reading Room, London

19 January – 6 March 2016

Can art bring about reform? Maybe
even revolution? How might it be used as a politically motivated tool? These
questions were at the forefront of seven key German artists’ minds in the early
1970s, and an exhibition of their work, held at the Institute of Contemporary
Arts in 1974, opened them out to a wider international audience.

In its series of archival exhibitions, displayed in
the Fox Reading Room, the ICA has currently mounted a grand review of the
exhibition Art into Society – Society into Art: Seven German Artists, which
took place from 29 October – 24 November 1974 and was organised by the then ICA
curator, Norman Rosenthal, and the writer and curator Christos M Joachimides. The
research and display have been jointly – and thoroughly – pulled together by
Lucy Bayley and Juliette Desorgues. On show are photographs of the installation
and surrounding events; vitrines with the catalogue and printed material
relating to the exhibition; photocopied press coverage from the time; and
select audio and video material, including extracts from a general discussion
on politics in Germany that took place at the ICA on 19 November 1974.

Read the review here