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JUNE 19th, 2004 through JANUARY 2nd, 2005


In 2004, the inhabitants of the USA and Western Europe will spend nearly as much money on food for household pets as would be necessary to end global malnutrition; does this border on negligence or theft? What is certain is that the life of the privileged cannot simply be called for and set as a standard for everyone.


"Religion is back. Big time!" announces a graffiti in Lower Manhattan in the immediate vicinity of Ground Zero. Religiousness is making a stand again, appearing in a space between spirituality and fundamentalism on the one hand and consumer hedonism and instrumentalization on the other.


69 contemporary international artists show the ways in which current art sees social and ethical areas of tension in today's world. The exhibition developed by Klaus Biesenbach opens to visitors important perspectives on the Ten Commandments that are relevant to the present: What living conditions control the individual today? What systems of values offer a morally binding orientation?


Just as the biblical Ten Commandments are expressly directed at the individual, the exhibition, too, challenges individuals to question the validity of traditional ethical values: How many freedoms can a society take without provoking conflicts with other communities? How much solidarity is necessary to maintain a social order with respect to internal pressures? How much tolerance does a person need in a culturally, spiritually, and ethnically diverse world?



The exhibition was generously supported by

Dresden Cultural Foundation of the Dresdner Bank


The exhibition was supported by

Pro Helvetia

The Canadian Embassy in Germany

Australia Council for the Arts

Royal Netherlands Embassy in Berlin


Media partners

MDR Figaro

Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten



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