Jamie Isenstein: Eyehole, 2006

The Inner Skin
Art and Shame

04.03.2017 –

Hardly any other emotion has such a profound effect on the person concerned as shame: our face turns red, we become lost for words, or would simply love to sink into the ground.


Despite all the cultural differences, shame still affects almost every individual. Indeed, given the broad dissemination of nude images in the media, the subject appears more topical than ever. But can we actually diagnose a lowering of the shame threshold, or are we, on the contrary, observing an escalation of tabooisation? With humorous but also sensitive and moving contributions, the exhibition explores this familiar but inscrutable phenomenon.

In Cooperation with

Museum Dr. Guislain, Gent
Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
Zeitgeschichtliches Forum, Leipzig
Evangelisches Klinikum Bethel, Bielefeld


Ulf Aminde, François-Marie Banier, John Bock, Michaël Borremans, Louise Bourgeois, Leigh Bowery / Fergus Greer, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Miriam Cahn, Donigan Cumming, , Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Albrecht Dürer, Nezaket Ekici, Tracey Emin, EVA & ADELE, VALIE EXPORT, Gao Brothers, Josephine Garbe, Toussaint Gelton (Kelton), Bruce Gilden, Nan Goldin, John Isaacs, Jamie Isenstein, Jürgen Klauke, Gustav Kluge, Eva Kot’átková, Clemens Krauss, Oleg Kulik, Ulrike Lienbacher, Johannes Lingelbach, Sarah Lucas, Boris Mikhailov, Michael Najjar, Shahryar Nashat, Virgile Novarina, Yoko Ono, Oksana Pasaiko, Laure Prouvost, Jon Pylypchuk, Jan Symonsz Pynas, Lotte Reimann, Julian Rosefeldt, Lars Rosenbohm, Bojan Šarčević, Gary Schneider, Santiago Sierra, John Stark, Juergen Teller, David Teniers D.J., Miroslav Tichý, Larry Towell, Stefanie Trojan, Gillian Wearing, Erwin Wurm


“En somme”, No. 44, by Virgile Novarina (Paris) – at the opening of the exhibition

Puppeteer Dagmar Selje sets the puppets from the installation by Eva Kotatkova in motion – at the opening event and on other days

Performance by Stefanie Trojan (Frankfurt) on the International Museum Day on 21 May

Thank you

In-kind sponsor

Marta partners
Many thanks to the Marta Herford Corporate Partners and Corporate Premium Partners as well as the Marta Fund for New Art for their ongoing support of our program.