When I went to see Ellsworth Kelly at the Haus der Kunst recently, I took
advantage of the „two exhibitions“-price and also went to see an exhibit by
young sculptors in the upper floor, called „Strukturales Handeln“ (translates roughly
as „Structural Action“). No photos allowed here either, so I am taking two
pictures that were published on the homepage of the Haus der Kunst:
Kimberley Sexton exhibits plaster casts of space. Sounds unbelievable, but is great to look at. Definitely a must-see.
|Kimberly Sexton, column 4|
|Michael Beutler, the gardens|
Beutler constructs machines for each individual venue so he can do something in situ. Here he built an „Oberflächenaufknackapparat“ (translates roughly as
„Cracker of surface structures“). This machine is left standing around next to
its products, the whole back part of the room looks sort of like an unfinished
My attention was caught mostly by Alexandra Bircken’s works, though.
Besides wood, leather, metals, plaster, stone and everyday objects she does
also include that rare commodity, „textiles“ in her works.
and clever her version of an instrument for spool knitting. Not a self-made yarn-spool, but constructed from old skis. In German, the little instrument is called Strickliesel, which was transformed to a “Skiliesel” by Bircken:
|Alexandra Bircken, Skiliesel|
In other works
she frequently includes pieces of fabric, yarn, knitted pieces.
|Alexandra Bircken, Gewächs|
When I first saw
them, I was a bit disappointed. It bothered me that the textile parts are
included looked so roughly made, obviously deliberately unaesthetic. “So why do
those textiles that get included in modern sculpture have to be ugly?” I asked myself. Then I started
searchiing the net about her, as I really did not know much about her before I
saw this exhibit, and my frustration diminshed somewhat on seeing the variety
of things Bircken has already made. (I also had that encounter with the
drummers I wrote about here.)The way Bircken includes everyday items such as a panty-hose
or a skirt (sewn closed shut) still makes it possible for the viewer to have
the original associations that come along with these things. You then have to
figure out why they were put together like this for yourself. Perhaps if the
knitted pieces included in her art were ‘nicely’ made, people would give them
fewer thoughts? Beautiful knitting (or any other kind of handiwork) doesn’t
qualify as art in real museums...
The exhibit in Munich
is still on until February 26, 2012.