The publication Heads, kisses, battles. Nicole Eisenman and the Moderns accompanies the exhibition tour realized by the Aargauer Kunsthaus in cooperation with three European partner institutions, the Kunsthalle Bielefeld (D), the Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles (F) and the Kunstmuseum Den Haag (NL).
In close exchange with Nicole Eisenman (*1965 in Verdun/F, lives in New York/USA), an unusual and unique project was conceived in which Eisenman’s œuvre enters into a dialogue with works from the modern era. The latter come from the collections of the participating institutions.
In addition to numerous illustrations of Eisenman’s works and historical positions, the publication contains an introduction to the exhibition project, a roundtable discussion on the exhibition concept with Bice Curiger, Daniel Koep, Kolja Reichert and Beate Söntgen, and an essay by Christina Végh on Nicole Eisenman’s work. In the form of a glossary, various terms are discussed in relation to Eisenman’s work, but also in a more general art historical context. Finally, the contributions on the respective collection holdings and the short comments on individual modernist artists serve to contextualize the selected historical works from the participating museums.