Wolfgang Laib. The Beginning of Something Else
Wolfgang Laib creates his subtle works in an exchange with the natural environment and in tune with the seasons. Whether it be gathering pollen for his famous minimalistic, luminous yellow floor works or the lengthy production of his sculptures made of beeswax—respect for nature is the artist’s driving force. Since the late 1970s, Laib’s thinking and art have posed questions about our being and actions as part of fragile living habitats and in this respect could not be more topical.
In this exhibition developed in collaboration with Wolfgang Laib, the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart is presenting pieces from the most important work complexes in each of the artist’s creative phases. On view are, for instance, “Rice Houses” and “Ziggurats,” a selection of drawings, as well as a pollen field. The exhibition also features Laib’s latest works, the “Towers of Silence.” It thus ties in with an important focus of the collection, since Laib is represented in the Kunstmuseum’s holdings with several exemplary works, and his “Wax Room,” permanently installed since 2005 (in the collection basement), is one of seven rooms of this kind in existence worldwide.
Curator Ulrike Groos, Anne Vieth
Curatorial Assistent Alina Grehl
Sponsored by Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, Volksbank Stuttgart, Zweckverband Oberschwäbische Elektrizitätswerke, MUSAGET, Otto F. Scharr-Stiftung, Helmut Nanz Stiftung zur Förderung von Kunst und Kunsterziehung
Film “Wolfgang Laib – Here, Now and Far Beyond”
Wolfgang Laib was born in Metzingen in 1950 and has lived near Biberach in Baden-Württemberg for over 30 years. For the first time a film, realized in the context of the exhibition, accompanies the artist at his work in Upper Swabia and at his second home in southern India and captures these areas of life relevant to his artistic work.
The project “Laib Global – Contemporary Positions in Exchange with Nature” highlights the three international artists AKI INOMATA, Maximilian Prüfer, and Misha Vallejo Prut, whose works are created in close exchange with nature—and in this sense are related to those of Wolfgang Laib.
“Laib Global“ was created in the context of the exhibition “Wolfgang Laib. The Beginning of Something Else.” The project was realized by students of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and supported by the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart.