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 long term 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.

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Performance “Cuerdas, simple medida (Coreogego)”

Together with the Venezuelan choreographer Claudia Capriles and dancers from the John Cranko Schule, a restaging of the performance “Cuerdas, simple medida (Coreogego)” (“Ropes, simple measurement [Coreogego]”) is being presented. It goes back to a collaboration between the artist Gego and the dancer Sonia Sanoja from 1977. The performance can be attended independently from taking part in a guided tour (in german).

  • Thursday, May 12, 2022, 5 pm
  • Thursday, May 19, 2022, 5 pm
  • Saturday, May 21, 2022, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm (Long Night of the Museums)
  • Thursday, June 23, 2022, 5 pm
  • Thursday, June 30, 2022, 5 pm
  • Friday, July 8, 2022, 7 pm

Roundtable in german

Gego in Stuttgart: A Permanent Loan at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 6:30 pm

In 2017 the Fundación Gego entrusted one hundred works by the artist Gego as a long term loan to the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. Discussing the various opportunities and challenges of permanents loans for public institutions will be:

  • Dr. Loretta Würtenberger (director of The Institute for Artists’ Estates)
  • Dr. Martin Hoernes (secretary general of the Ernst von Siemens Stiftung)
  • Dr. Ulrike Groos (director of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart)

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Georg Imdahl (art critic, university lecturer at the Kunstakademie Münster)

Registration possible at: fuehrung [at] kunstmuseum-stuttgart [dot] de or +49 (0)711 / 216 196 25

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Thank you.

  • In cooperation with
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  • Unterstützt durch
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