General Idea: Retrospective

General Idea: Retrospective

September 22, 2023 - January 14, 2024

Humor and satirical strategies: The Canadian artist group General Idea repeatedly challenged the art world, but also society in general. In the trio's largest retrospective to date, the Gropius Bau is showing more than 200 works from the late 1960s to the early 1990s.

General Idea

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General Idea, P is for Poodle, 1983/89; Foto: General Idea Archives, Berlin, courtesy of the artists.

Founded in Toronto in 1969, the artistic collective, consisting of Felix Partz (1945-1994), Jorge Zontal (1944-1994), and AA Bronson (b. 1946), questioned the production, distribution, and consumption of images through a variety of media. In doing so, General Idea often used humor and satirical strategies to draw attention to various aspects of consumer culture, mass media, social inequalities, queer identity, the art economy, and the AIDS crisis.

General Idea: Installations, Paintings and Sculptures

Developed in close collaboration with AA Bronson, the exhibition at the Gropius Bau brings together key installations, publications, videos, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and archival material and provides an overview of the development of General Idea's artistic practice.

At a Glance

General Idea: Retrospective
Gropius Bau
22 September 2023
14 January 2024
Opening Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 11 am to 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 7 pm
Tuesday: closed
Admission Fee
€15, reduced fee €10


Niederkirchnerstraße 7
10963 Berlin

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| Last edited: 5 January 2023