curated by Sabine Schaschl
8 February to 6 May 2018
Opening: 7 February, 6 pm
At the start of the 2018 exhibition year, Museum Haus Konstruktiv is honoring German artist Gerhard von Graevenitz (1934–1983) in a retrospective. Through his work, he provided important stimuli for kinetic art, op art and computer art, while promoting international networking of the constructivist-concrete movement.
As editor of the magazine “nota”, operator of the eponymous gallery in Munich and co-founder of the international art movement Nouvelle Tendance (1959), Gerhard von Graevenitz advocated art that challenges the observer’s perception, beyond illusionism, and subtly makes seeing become conscious. From his works on canvas to his so-called material images and white structures, through to his kinetic objects, which generate a wealth of fleeting visual constellations, this artist constantly pursued systematic further development of his image-based and object-based ideas. Incorporating light, motion and chance into the conception his works, he explored issues involving structure, sequence and progression. The oeuvre that he produced is lucid, rational and logical, yet simultaneously includes “the dimension of the imaginary”.
This exhibition, realized with works generously loaned by the artist’s estate, as well as with pieces from Switzerland and abroad, provides examples that reflect all periods of his oeuvre.
At the same time as the Gerhard von Graevenitz retrospective, we are also opening a solo exhibition on the sculptor and conceptual artist Alicja Kwade.