With "El Anatsui. Triumphant Scale "shows the House of Art a comprehensive overview of the work of the renowned artist El Anatsui (* 1944 in Anyako, Ghana). It is his first survey exhibition in Europe, and the most extensive exhibition of his work so far. It extends to the entire east wing of the house and shows central works from five decades of artistic creation. At the center of the exhibition, which focuses on the triumphant and monumental, are the typical works of bottle closures from the last two decades - works of imposing presence and dazzling colors. In addition, the lesser known wood sculptures and wall reliefs from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s are shown, ceramic sculptures from the 1970s and drawings, Prints and sketchbooks. Fascinated by the monumental architecture of the museum, El Anatsui has created three works specifically for this exhibition, including the large installation "Second Wave" on the exterior of the Haus der Kunst.
The exhibition shows El Anatsui's tireless preoccupation with the question of how a contemporary sculpture concept can be developed from the rich plastic innovations of classical and traditional African art. El Anatsui has been persistently working towards a transformation of the formal and plastic possibilities of the African sculptural idiom, reformatting his material and compositional techniques over and over again with amazing effects. Under El Anatsui's hands, light, form, color, transparency and corporeality merge into impressive and triumphant works of art.
The use of found material is fundamental to El Anatsui. El Anatsui generates meaning from the material and its technical process. For example, the bottle closures he uses come from spirits that Europeans brought to Africa as a currency - and thus as a means of oppression - in the days of the transatlantic slave trade and colonialism. Cutting, flattening, squeezing, turning, Folding and assembling thousands of these bottle caps, along with the copper wire that links each item into a complete work, tells of human communities made up of interconnected subjectivities.
The exhibition is made possible by the substantial promotion of the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne. We also thank for the generous support of an anonymous patron and for the additional support of the Gesellschaft der Freunde Haus der Kunst e. V., Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, Kavita Chellaram, Reni Folawiyo, Bolaji Balogun and Yvonne Fasinro. The catalog is published by Prestel Verlag.
The exhibition is organized by the Haus der Kunst, Munich, in collaboration with Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Kunstmuseum Bern and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
Curated by Okwui Enwezor, former director of the House of Art, and Chika Okeke-Agulu, professor at the Department of Archeology and Art History, Princeton University; Assistance Damian Lentini, curator at the Haus der Kunst.
Exhibition Dates: Until 28th July 2019
Exhibition Hours: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 20:00 / Thursday until 22.00
Venue: House of Art Prinzregentenstraße 1 80538 Munich
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