Birgit Jürgenssen



Galerie Hubert Winter
13. Januar 2017 bis 18. Februar 2017

Eine Enzyklopädie der Möglichkeiten.

So wie Philipp Blom in seinem wunderbaren, überaus gelehrten Buch zu "der Enzyklopädie" (Philipp Blom, Das vernünftige Ungeheuer. Diderot, d’Alembert, de Jaucourt und die Große Enzyklopädie. Ffm, Eichborn, 2005) das Vorgehen und die Welt der Enzyklopädisten beschreibt, so stellt sich das Werk von Birgit Jürgenssen in seinem enzyklopädischen Ansatz und seiner Vielfältigkeit, welche manchmal als Verlust an Stringenz empfunden wurde, leider erst posthum dar.
Birgit Jürgenssen´s literarisches Denken, ihr Rückgriff auf Heroen der Literatur von Flaubert, Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Nerval, Mallarmé über Lewis Carroll bis Italo Calvino, nicht zu vergessen die gesamte surrealistische Literatur, offenbart sich vor allem in ihren noch unveröffentlichten Tage- und Werkbüchern. „Es war für mich unmöglich zu zeichnen ohne ein Stück Literatur im Kopf zu haben,” so Birgit Jürgenssen. Literatur ist Erinnern.

„Ungesehenes“ zeigt eine Auswahl bisher unveröffentlichter Werke aus dem Nachlass von Birgit Jürgenssen. Im Guardian kürzlich als „brillant verstörend“ beschrieben, präsentiert sich das ungesehene Werk von Jürgenssen. Wie sie selbst einmal erwähnte „durch Verschleiern sichtbar machen“, maskieren, verhüllen, den Sehsinn ablenken und damit Ungesehenes sinnfällig machen. Jürgenssens „ungesehene“ Arbeiten vereinen sich trotz ihrer Divergenz an einem Punkt. Birgit Jürgenssen arbeitete im Medium des Sinns.

Meret Oppenheim and Her Artist Friends

11. Februar 2017 bis 28. Mai 2017

Meret Oppenheim (1913-1985) is a foremost twentieth-century artist, a legendary figure who achieved recognition within the male-dominated context of Surrealism, while at the same time developing her own independent research.

The aim of the Lugano exhibition is to highlight the relationship between Oppenheim and her fellow artists in the 1930s: Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Jean Arp, to name just a few, documented by some of their most significant works. The exhibition offers the chance to understand the young artist’s interpretation of the themes of Surrealism, and how she herself influenced the movement with her personality and her charisma.

Emerging from the works by Meret Oppenheim and her fellow artist are the themes that the artistic imaginary of the time especially focused on: dream-like fantasies and erotic aberrations; the woman as an enchanted creature or a sorceress; fetishism and the relationship with nature. In the post-war years Meret’s work was enriched by her research into abstract art, strongly influencing the following generations of artists; parallels can be drawn with the work of Daniel Spoerri and Birgit Jürgenssen, among others, as well as with contemporary artists like Robert Gober and Mona Hatoum.

Lastly, it is worth stressing that the decision to hold an exhibition of this outstanding artist in Lugano is also based on the fact that Meret Oppenheim spent long periods of time at her family home in Carona, not far from Lugano, a place she held close to her heart. 

Identity Revisited

The Warehouse, Dallas
1. Februar bis 2. Dezember, 2016

Identity Revisited
is an examination of personal and cultural notions of identity in contemporary art. International in scope and spanning many generations, this exhibition includes work that addresses history, gender, race, childhood, mortality, and memory.

Each gallery presents a self-contained experience. Some display the work of a single artist; others offer opportunities to look broadly across various themes and concepts. Gallery 1 is occupied by two sculptures. One, by Pierre Huyghe, redeploys the remnants of a colonial-era, neoclassical sculpture as a contemporary living sculptural ecosystem. The other, by Louise Bourgeois, is the artist’s personal construction, with carved and found elements captured in a cell-like cubic cage that reminds one of both schoolrooms and incarceration and functions as a bell jar for memories and psychological trauma. Gallery 2 also has two works in it, each a self-portrait by the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, both among this great artist’s last works. These portrayals of a man near the end of his life—strong, yet frail, pensive, and resolute—are emboldened and somewhat defiant acts of personal and political affirmation and assertion. The juxtaposition of the works in Gallery 3 examines ideas of scale and its role in representation. At the center is an enigmatic, monumental sculpture, by Thomas Schütte, of a man in a robe. This is surrounded by intimate, life-sized sculptures by artists of various generations and cultural backgrounds. Gallery 6 presents another aspect of portraiture, with portraits and self-portraiture that reflect a wide spectrum of the art of the past six decades. In Gallery 16 the focus narrows again, with works that are personal and cultural ruminations on identity, all made by German born artists working during the postwar period.

Identity Revisited draws works from The Rachofsky Collection, Amy and Vernon Faulconer, Dallas Museum of Art, Goss-Michael Collection, The Pinnell Collection, the Collection of Marguerite and Robert Hoffman, The Rose Collection, and Sharon and Michael Young.

Allan Schwartzman
Exhibition Curator

Artists: Doug Aitken, Kai Althoff, Janine Antoni, Ida Applebroog, Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Alighiero Boetti, Michaël Borremans, Louise Bourgeois, Mark Bradford,Troy Brauntuch, Cris Brodahl, Brian Calvin, Maurizio Cattelan, Judy Chicago, Nigel Cooke, Rineke Dijkstra, Marlene Dumas, Tim Gardner, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mona Hatoum, Eva Hesse, Jim Hodges, Jenny Holzer, Jonathan Horowitz, Pierre Huyghe, Christian Jankowski, Birgit Jürgenssen, Sanya Kantarovsky, On Kawara, William Kentridge, Tetsumi Kudo, Michael Landy, Charles Ledray, Glenn Ligon, Victor Man, Robert Mapplethorpe, Marisa Merz, Hiroshi Nakamura, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Giulio Paolini, Alessandro Pessoli, Sigmar Polke, Marc Quinn, Charles Ray, Lucas Samaras, Thomas Schütte, Kiki Smith, Do Ho Suh, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Rosemarie Trockel, Luc Tuymans, Kara Walker, Andro Wekua.

Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s

Works from the SAMMLUNG VERBUND Collection, Vienna

The Photographers´ Gallery, London
7. Oktober 2016 bis 15. Jänner 2017

Helena Almeida, Eleanor Antin , Anneke Barger, Lynda Benglis, Judith Bernstein, Renate Bertlmann, Teresa Burga, Marcella Campagnano, Judy Chicago, Linda Christanell, Lili Dujourie, Mary Beth Edelson, Renate Eisenegger, VALIE EXPORT, Esther Ferrer, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Alexis Hunter, Sanja Iveković, Birgit Jürgenssen, Kirsten Justesen, Ketty La Rocca, Leslie Labowitz, Katalin Ladik, Brigitte Lang, Suzanne Lacy, Suzy Lake, Karin Mack, Ana Mendieta, Rita Myers, Lorraine O'Grady, ORLAN, Gina Pane, Letítia Parente, Ewa Partum, Friederike Pezold, Margot Pilz, Ulrike Rosenbach, Martha Rosler, Suzanne Santoro, Carolee Schneemann, Lydia Schouten, Cindy Sherman, Penny Slinger, Annegret Soltau, Hannah Wilke, Martha Wilson, Francesca Woodman, Nil Yalter