With the exhibition IT IS WHAT IT IS we present a selection of works by some of the most important American conceptual artists of the first generation. These artists fundamentally changed the way art was made and perceived.
Of course things are the way they are. But it is nonsensical if one does not imply an underlying message. And it is precisely at this radical point that the works on display by John Baldessari, Dan Graham, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, Allen Ruppersberg, William Wegman & Lawrence Weiner communicate with each other, some making their debut at the Kunsthalle Bern in 1969 and contributing to the development of the new human understanding of art forms.
When asked where he gets the inspiration for his paintings, Ed Ruscha once replied: “Well, they just come to me; sometimes people say them, and I write them down and then I paint them. Sometimes I use a dictionary, too.”