In the late 1970s, the artist Wolfgang Laib had already begun investigating our existence and actions as part of fragile environments—something that could not be more relevant today. His subtle works are created in a direct engagement with nature and in accordance with the seasons. Whether he is collecting pollen for his minimalist, bright yellow floor works, or involved in the time-
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Born in Metzingen in 1950, Laib’s life has revolved around his home near Biberach in Baden-
In this exhibition, which was developed together with Wolfgang Laib, the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart is presenting artworks from the most important groups of works from all phases of his career—such as wax rooms, pollen fields, rice houses, wax houses, milkstones, drawings, and photographs. Also featured is Laib’s latest series, the Towers of Silence. The museum’s specific architecture was taken into account when selecting and deciding the placement of the works. Relying on context, his works unfold their full potential in the interaction and interplay with the sites and spaces where they are shown. Distributed over the three levels of the Kubus, the visually diverse works also form a unity or harmonic Gesamtkunstwerk that can be explored in the context of this specific exhibition.
A documentary film about Wolfgang Laib made especially for this occasion will be shown at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart beginning on July 20, 2023. The filmmaker Maria Anna Tappeiner, who is particularly well-
Accompanying the exhibition is a richly illustrated “reading book” published by Hirmer Verlag that offers a unique approach to Laib’s work. It is a collection of all the writings and photographs that have been especially important in the artist’s life and thoughts—and that are also reflected in his artistic work. Included are passages from the Epic of Gilgamesh, a poem by the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma, and quotes from the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche or the American artist Agnes Martin. These are accompanied by photographs Laib took on his many journeys, discovered in books, or collected as postcards.
Curators Ulrike Groos, Anne Vieth. Assistant curator Alina Grehl
Exhibition 17 June -
Wolfgang Laib, Hazelnut Pollen (detail), 2013. Installation view, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2013. Photo: Carolyn Laib. © Wolfgang Laib.
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