Blue or Real Life

Blau oder das wirkliche Leben

Bleu ou la vraie vie

CR 335. Year 1986/1987

Blue Or Real Life Jochen Gerz Cr 335 Web

"Blue or Real Life" is the story of a time that has no secrets and in which "nothing happens".

Uprooted like Pound, whose work he has often dealt with, and with a similarly troubled relationship to Western civilization, Jochen Gerz produces “cultural stories” that are rich in allusions – not only to art but also to economic and political issues. At the same time, he seems able to use the very means of communication to create puzzles and misunderstandings. In “Blue or Real Life” there glimmers not least a subliminal challenge for us to find the courage to “understand” something we do not understand.

Helen Koriath 1990 Translated by e_CR editors

Mixed Media Photograph

9 framed b+w photographs, 1 framed text (typed on paper, enlarged photograph), each 40,5 x 50,5 cm, 1 monochrome blue color photograph, 20 x 50,5 cm, total 288 x 214 cm

The text is typed in three languages.

Courtesy Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach.

Museum Wiesbaden.


Frankfurt 1988. Hamburg 1989. München 1989. Leverkusen 1990. Reims 1990


I: Kassel 1987a, p. 76. København 1988, p. 32. Leverkusen 1990, pp. 4-6. Lille 1990. Paris 1994a, p. 52

II: Schmidt-Wulffen 2, 1987, pp. 188-198. Honnef 1988, p. 32. Unruh 1989, p. 101. Pejic 1992, p. 83

III: Rogendörfer 1990, p. 230

V: Wolf 1992, pp. 131-134

VI: Düsseldorf 1997, p. 160

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My name is Jochen Gerz