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5 Tips for Dorothy Iannone’s Retrospective at the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art

Migros Museum - IannoneIf you ever need something to do on a rainy afternoon, why not go look at some art?

You do not even have to do any research - I can tell you which exhibition you should check out: Dorothy Iannone's Censorship and the Irrepressible Drive Toward Love and Divinity.

The title alone is impressive, but the exhibition is probably unlike a lot of things you have seen at museums before. It is an invigorating journey through 50 years of not giving a damn – and I mean this as a huge compliment. Dorothy Iannone takes us on her uncompromising and rebellious search for love, power and togetherness.


A Close Look at Dorothy Iannone's Exhibition

I am not going to sugarcoat it: There are a whole lot of genitals in that exhibition. Dorothy Iannone draws it like she sees it. Well, it is not that explicit or pornographic, but it is the kind of drawings that make teenagers giggle and some grown-ups blush.

Migros Museum - IannoneDorothy Iannone was born in 1933 in Boston, and she lives and works in Berlin. She expresses her exploration of unconditional love through paintings, drawings, collages, video, audio and objects.

Basically, there is a little bit of everything, because love does not deserve anything else but everything.

The Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst presents a retrospective from the last fifty years - an exhibit about censorship, sexuality, social change and morality.

It is a display of art that gives you a lot to look at and think about. Having said that, make sure you have enough time to go through the exhibit.

As always, the devil is in the details and Iannone puts a lot of those (written) details in her work.

Migros Museum - IannoneI always find it tricky to talk about or even explain art, but I wanted to give you a few tips and tricks to get the most out of your visit of the Iannone exhibition:


How to "Art" Better: 5 Tips for Dorothy Iannone's Retrospective at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Why you should go there:

Because it is a funny, unique and colorful journey through 50 years of morality, sexuality, and censorship. There is also an orgasm machine.

How to win brownie points at the water-cooler:

Being able to say the title of the exhibition without twisting your tongue.

What do say while looking at Iannone’s art (feel free to memorize away and impress everyone with your eloquence and knowledge):

"The Guardian called Iannone's art original bad girl and I absolutely agree with them. What about you?"

"Iannone's expressive way to use color underlines her unapologetic nature."

"She was ahead of her time.” (Note: This one always works.)

"I cannot even begin to explain how Iannone shaped the feminist movement."

"I find both her style and her way of capturing intimate moments thought-provoking. They truly reveal the love between people but also the constant struggle for power and equality."

Who to bring:

Your best friend, siblings or your cool aunt. I am not sure if you should bring your (first) date but then again, Iannone's art might be the perfect (inspirational) icebreaker.

What to wear:

Dorothy Iannone's art is super colorful - anything will work and you won't clash with the artwork. I recommend comfortable shoes and layers.


More Information

Dorothy Iannone's exhibition Censorship and the Irrepressible Drive Toward Love and Divinity will be on display at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst through November 9, 2014.

Migros Museum - Iannone


Isabelle is a copywriter intern at EF Education First in Zurich and an online student at Penn State Word Campus. After living abroad for almost a decade, she took her two (US) cats and moved back to her Swiss roots in 2013. Isabelle suffers from chronic Wanderlust and loves coffee.

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