Wols in Champigny-sur-Mare, August 1951, Aufnahme von Gréty Wols
Exhibition | 24.02.2012 - 28.05.2012

CIRCUS WOLS

An Homage
He is one of the most prominent artists of the 20th century, yet scarcely anyone knows his name. Art history views him as the pioneer of Art Informel painting, and yet the complexity of his artistic existence defies any categorization. In 1932, just nineteen years old, he leaves Germany to have his finger on the pulse of time in Paris. He gains access to bohemian circles there but continues to be a loner. For throughout his life he struggled for an existence beyond the middle-class, and in doing so not lastly slid into the vicissitudes of the National Socialist war against European culture.

One of the most important collections of WOLS’s works is in Bremen, part of the private collection of Karin and Uwe Hollweg. This outstanding body of works, consisting of more than thirty works on paper from all of the artist’s creative periods and two paintings, will be the focus of an extensive exhibition, supplemented by photographs by WOLS, curated by the artist Olaf Metzel, to whom the Weserburg devoted a large-scale solo exhibition last year. Works by WOLS will be confronted with and placed alongside works by other prominent artists in an artistic dialogue. These include, among others, James Ensor, László Moholy-Nagy, Marcel Broodthaers, Philip Guston, and Cy Twombly, as well as contemporary artists such as Andreas Gursky, Sergej Jensen, Norbert Schwontkowski, and Tatiana Trouvé.

The exhibition, which will be accompanied by a catalogue with contributions by Carsten Ahrens, Öyvind Fahlström, Olaf Metzel, and Roberto Ohrt, is being generously supported by the Karin and Uwe Hollweg Foundation.

Participating artists: •WOLS •Antonin •Artaud •Alighiero Boetti •Louise Bourgeois• Marcel Broodthaers• André Butzer• Alexander Calder •George Condo •Bruce Conner• Constant •Anton Corbijn •Guy Debord •Marlene Dumas• James Ensor •Öyvind Fahlström• Jean Fautrier• Günther Förg •Alberto Giacometti• Nan Goldin• Andreas Gursky• Philip Guston• Raymond Hains• Andy Hope 1930 •Axel Huber• Sergej Jensen •Asger Jorn• Martin Kippenberger• Paul Klee• Bernd Koberling •Addi Køpcke• Willem de Kooning •Zoe Leonard• Olaf Metzel • Henri Michaux •László Moholy-Nagy •Albert Oehlen •Roberto Ohrt• Blinky Palermo• Sigmar Polke• Dieter Roth• Eugen Schönebeck• Norbert Schwontkowski •Daniel Spoerri •Andrea Stappert• Paul Thek •Wolfgang Tillmans•Mark Tobey• Tatiana Trouvé •Cy Twombly •Umbo

 


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