The Architecture of an Artist Gego
Gego in her Studio

Gego. The Architecture of an Artist

With “Gego. The Architecture of an Artist” the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart is already dedicating the second exhibition to the artist Gertrud Goldschmidt (Hamburg 1912–1994 Caracas, VE).

Gego trained as an architect and engineer at the Technische Hochschule Stuttgart from 1932 to 1938. Shortly after receiving her diploma, she was forced to emigrate to Venezuela because she was Jewish. In Caracas, she then found herself widely unable to pursue a technical career because she was a woman. In the mid-1950s, Gego began to work as an artist and around the same time she wrote to her former professor Paul Bonatz about the abandonment of her architectural profession: “Even unhappy loves have great value and their effect.” Only a short while after, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York acquired a first work by the artist for its collection. Today, Gego is one of the most important Latin America artists in the second half of the 20th century. This exhibition deals with Gego’s study years in Stuttgart as well as the ongoing and close relationship between her work and architecture.

In 2017, the Fundación Gego, Caracas, handed over a set of 100 works from the artists estate as a permanent loan to the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. Thereupon, the museum, together with the University of Stuttgart and the Wüstenrot Stiftung, initiated a three-year research project. The research process is accompanied by the Fundación Gego.

OPENING 18.02.
Picture of Gego in her studio in Caracas in 1985
Gego in ihrem Atelier, Caracas, 1985

Photo: Gerd Leufert, © Archivo Fundación Gego

Gego in ihrem Atelier, Caracas, 1985
Artwork by Gego
Gego, Sin título, 1958

Colección Fundación Gego. Permanent loan at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Photo: Frank Kleinbach, © Archivo Fundación Gego

Gego, Sin título, 1958
Artwork by Gego
Gego, Sin título, 1955

Colección Fundación Gego. Permanent loan at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Photo: Frank Kleinbach, © Archivo Fundación Gego

Gego, Sin título, 1955
Artwork by Gego
Gego, Sin título, 1969

Colección Fundación Gego. Permanent loan at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Photo: Frank Kleinbach, © Archivo Fundación Gego

Gego, Sin título, 1969
Artwork by Gego
Gego, Sin título (Tamarind 1853), 1966

Colección Fundación Gego. Permanent loan at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Photo: Frank Kleinbach, © Archivo Fundación Gego

Gego, Sin título (Tamarind 1853), 1966
Artwork by Gego
Gego, Sin título (Tamarind 1845), 1966

Colección Fundación Gego. Permanent loan at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Photo: Frank Kleinbach, © Archivo Fundación Gego

Gego, Sin título (Tamarind 1845), 1966
Picture of Gego in her flat in Caracas in 1984
Gego in her flat, Caracas, 1984

Photo: Isidro Núñez, © Archivo Fundación Gego

Gego in her flat, Caracas, 1984
Picture of the Performance Cuerdas simple medida by Sonia Sanoja
Sonia Sanoja, Cuerdas, simple medida (Coreogego), Theater Luis Peraza, Caracas, 1978

Photo: Miguel Gracìa, © Fundación Sonia Sanoja – Alfredo Silva Estrada

Sonia Sanoja, Cuerdas, simple medida (Coreogego), Theater Luis Peraza, Caracas, 1978
Sonia Sanojas Originaltrikot für die Performance Cuerdas simple medida
Sonia Sanojas Originaltrikot für die Performance Cuerdas, simple medida (Coreogego), Theater Luis Peraza, Caracas, 1978

Photo: Maïté Domec Sanoja, © Fundación Sonia Sanoja – Alfredo Silva Estrada  

Sonia Sanojas Originaltrikot für die Performance Cuerdas, simple medida (Coreogego), Theater Luis Peraza, Caracas, 1978
Gego in her Studio
Gego in her Studio, Caracas around 1978

Photo: Ricardo Goldman, © Fundación Gego

Gego in her Studio, Caracas around 1978
Work by Gego titled Bicho 89/8
Gego, Bicho 89/8, 1989

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, © Fundación Gego

Gego, Bicho 89/8, 1989

Thank you.

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  • Unterstützt durch
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