Here, Decadence is envisioned as a response to apocalypse, economic turmoil and the effects of late capitalism.
Decadence Now!: Visions of Excess reaches back to the 1970s to examine pre-millennial rumblings of alienation, aestheticism, morbidity, pornography, intoxication and madness in the art of Nobuyoshi Araki, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, and considers morerecent works by Matthew Barney, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Gilbert and George, Keith Haring, Gottfried Helnwein, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Yasumasa Morimura, Catherine Opie, Zhang Peng, Pierre et Gilles, Andres Serrano, Joel-Peter Witkin, David Wojnarowicz and many others.
These works are assessed under thematic chapters: "Excess of the Self: Pain"; "Excess of the Body: Sex"; "Excess of Beauty: Pop"; and "Excess of Life: Death." Curator Otto M. Urban maps the Decadent tendency project through visual art, philosophy and literature.