060410: Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz: Asta Gröting – Sculpture and Video

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz Asta Gröting – Sculpture and Video 26.02.10 – 09.05.10 Less is more How large should an exhibition with retrospective-character be? Or how small should it be? The question arises in view of the current one-woman-show of Asta Gröting’s works, which the Lentos museum announced as being their “largest solo exhibit to date”. Her works are displayed on two floors with a total of 1,200 square meters, but the number of works is rather sparse: there are only 24. 17 objects, primarily sculptures from 1989 to 2010, and a short video focussing on human conflict potential, showing a quarrel over a parking space, and a sketched sociogram – all of this can be seen in the huge hall on the upper floor. Seven videos of Gröting’s series of ventriloquist dialogues from 1998/2000 are shown in a darkened room on the lower floor. Not that the unconventional German artist had a huge oeuvre to offer. Asta Gröting, who graduated from the Art Academy in Düsseldorf under Klaus Rinke in 1986, with Joseph Beuys as her mentor, is more of a slow, meticulous worker, who can be described as someone who searches, more than someone who decided to stick to a recognizable plan. But that is why this oeuvre amazes in its diversity and disparity. Paradox of the exhibition: it successfully mediates the stringency of this work with breathtaking rigor and sensuality, and simultaneously transports Gröting’s contextual interest, which can be circumscribed as sociological, cultural historical, philosophical, and anthropological. The heterogeneity of the forms and material used, representing a wide range of materials – ranging from Styrofoam pellets, magnetic pillars, pieces of iron, to epoxy resin, acrylic glass, and polyester, plays an equally important role as the seemingly loose course, inviting the visitors to get involved with the dialogs and excitement conveyed by the displayed pieces of art. The exhibition will later move on to the n.b. k. (Neue Berliner Kunstverein. By Johanna Hofleitner Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz 4020 Linz, Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1 Tel: +43 70 7070 36 00 email: info@lentos.at http://www.lentos.at Opening hours: daily except Tue from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thu 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. From May 1 – June 13, 2010 the exhibition will be shown at the Neue Berliner Kunstverein. www.nbk.org

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz
4020 Linz, Ernst-Koref-Promendade 1
Tel: +43 70 7070 36 00
Email: info@lentos.at
Öffnungszeiten: täglich außer Mo 10-18 Uhr, Do 10-21 Uhr

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