On Everyone’s Lips

The Oral Cavity in Art and Culture


Stimulating art from a stimulating physical zone


ISBN: 9783775748001 Category:

Andreas Beitin, Hartmut Böhme, Horst Bredekamp, Kolja Thurner, Roland Garve, Birte Hinrichsen, Olaf Knellessen, Harald Lemke, Karin Leonhard, Jürgen Müller, Uta Ruhkamp, Marcus Stiglegger, Beate Slominski, Ulrike Vedder


Mouth, lips, tongue, and teeth-speech, pain, and screech-eating, swallowing, spouting off, and spitting-lust and passion: the oral cavity is an extremely stimulating zone of the body, in the truest sense of the word. Science and medicine are not the only fields that have investigated it, though. From antiquity to the present day, art and cultural history have done the same. The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg has pursued the wide-ranging path of this motif’s history in order to present the first comprehensive show about the mouth in the fall of 2020. The companion publication offers thematically dense essays that not only allow the reader to delve into the topic, but also go far beyond the exhibition itself. The mouth, its inventory and abilities, are closely examined through film history, ethnology, literary theory, and architecture.

Additional information

Weight 2357 g
Dimensions 27.3 x 31.7 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 18 February 2021
Number of pages 304
Format Hardback
Dimensions 27.3 x 31.7 cm
Weight 2357 g


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The KUNSTMUSEUM WOLFSBURG has been collecting international contemporary art since 1994. A solid foundation was laid with key works from the field of Minimal Art, Conceptual Art and Arte Povera. Works by a younger generation of artists were subsequently added. The collection presently encompasses circa 400 works or ensembles.

The exhibition "On Everyone's Lips" is curated by UTA RUHKAMP.