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Construction to Transmission: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980.
September 5, 2015–January 3, 2016.
The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor.
Lenbachhaus presents the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to Argentine-French artist Lea Lublin (1929 Brest, Poland – 1999 Paris). Having begun her career as a painter in Buenos Aires, Lublin radically changed course in the mid-1960s to create art that would offer the greatest possible agency and participation for its audience. Lublin belonged to a generation of such artists as Lygia Clark and Allan Kaprow, committed to overcoming the boundaries separating ‘art and life’. Seeking dialogue and confrontation, Lublin’s approach was at once sensual and didactic, challenging yet egalitarian. Her work closely engaged with currents in critical theory, philosophy, and art of her time, and brings them alive for us today. Though familiar to her artistic peers and a younger generation of scholars in France and Argentina, Lublin’s work is still largely unfamiliar to a broader international audience. Spanning three decades, the exhibition at Lenbachhaus focuses on several essential chapters in the artist’s trajectory: the abandonment of painting in favour of environments and actions, the use of dialogue as an art form, the deconstruction of art historical imagery from a psychoanalytical and feminist standpoint, and the inquiry into Marcel Duchamp’s sojourn in Buenos Aires. In addition to photographs, drawings, wall installations, and videos, the exhibition will feature a reconstruction of Lublin’s most ambitious environment “Fluvio Subtunal“ (1969).
On the occasion of the exhibition, Lenbachhaus has restored and preserved a large body of key works from the artist’s estate. Many works are on view for the first time in 20 years. International loans from The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre national des arts plastiques, the Fonds régional d’art contemporain Alsace, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France complete the presentation.
A copiously illustrated catalogue will be published in conjunction with the exhibition featuring contributions by Stephanie Weber, Thibault Boulvain, Catherine Francblin, Teresa Riccardi, Monika Bayer-Wermuth, Isabel Plante, and Pierre Restany. The publication features Lublin’s most important writing and, for the first time, translations of her texts into English and German.
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus. Luisenstraße 33. D-80333 Munich....
Sanja Iveković has been conceiving and executing projects for the public sphere since the 1970s. A recurrent theme of her work involves the forms and context of the official culture of memory. With her proposal to reconstruct Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s monument for Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht, and the revolutionaries of the workers’ movement from today’s vantage point, Iveković challenges the dominant politics of remembrance and harks back to the monument’s heavily-contested history, echoes of which could be heard long after the monument was destroyed in 1933.
In the exhibition “Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!” (“I was, I am, I shall be!”), Iveković presents the conceptual foundation of the historic “Monument to the November Revolution” by Mies van der Rohe as a research object within the context of left-wing revolutions. She uses the original monument as well as her own proposal as a vehicle to examine and shed light on latent conflicts and contradictions.
The central question of the accompanying symposium, “Memorial For(u)ms – Histories of Possibility” which will take place in HAU on 3–4 July, 2015 is: what kind of discursive and aesthetic form can be attached to a (failed/ unfinished) revolution and what would a reconstruction of the monument stand for today? Rosa Luxemburg’s canonical question ‘Reform or Revolution?’, together with contradictions surrounding the November Revolution of 1918/19 will serve as points of departure for an inquiry into the contradictory nature of revolutionary memory and its form, which merges martyrdom and heroism, optimism and melancholia.
Sanja Iveković. Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein! 6. Juni–1. August 2015.
Eröffnung Freitag, 5. Juni 2015, 19–21 Uhr.
www.daadgalerie.de Mo–Sa 11–18 Uhr.
Memorial For(u)ms – Histories of Possibility. Symposium mit Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen,Boris Buden, Ekaterina Degot, Jodi Dean, Gal Kirn, Bojana Pejić, Gerald Raunig, Milica Tomić, Jelena Vesić, Siegbert Wolf, Ross Wolfe u.a. kuratiert von Antonia Majaca.
Eine Produktion des Berliner Künstlerprogramms des DAAD in Zusammenarbeit mit dem HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
3.–4. Juli 2015, 16–21 Uhr.
Ticketpreis pro Tag: € 8 (ermäßigt € 5).