Was ist Kunst Hugo Ball. IRWIN
Greek Orthodox icons framed in the IRWIN style
In the Was ist Kunst Hugo Ball exhibition, Orthodox icons are confronted by IRWIN-framed Dada works, in line with Dionysius' invocation.
The IRWIN artist group have been dealing with the subject of icons in their Was ist Kunst [“What is Art?”] series ever since 1984. In direct reference to the Last Futurist Exhibition 0,10, held in St. Petersburg in 1915, IRWIN present their images in the hanging style used there by the Suprematists, with Malevich's Black Square in the corner facing the entrance, where we would normally expect to find an icon, thus turning it into an icon in its own right and allowing it to become what it has long been regarded as: the essential modern icon.