Comic Relief

19 Apr 2008 - 28 Sep 2008

Humour is a rich vein running through contemporary art, appearing in diverse forms that include bursts of genuine laughter, dry and clever wit, subtle asides, obscure in-the-know nods, surreptitious giggles, and liberatory mirth. The German philosopher Kuno Fischer proposed that “a joke is a playful judgement”; indeed, many artists smuggle in cultural critique beneath a cloak of humour to poke fun at power and authority, destabilize our sense of normalcy, and offer hopeful resistance. Drawing upon the Contemporary and Indigenous collections, as well as integrating loaned works, this exhibition will exercise facial and belly muscles in its exploration of humour as an avenue for aesthetic pleasure and critical discovery.