Gego: the architecture of an artist
From February 19 to July 10, 2022
With Gego: the architecture of an artist the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart is devoting its second monographic exhibition to the work of the artist Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt, Hamburg, 1912 – Caracas, 1994). After receiving a long-term loan of around 100 works from Fundación Gego, Caracas, the Kunstmuseum launched in 2017 a research project in collaboration with the University of Stuttgart and the Wüstenrot Foundation with particular emphasis on the Gego’s architectural training in Stuttgart and his works on paper. .
Gego is today one of the most renowned artists in Latin America. From 1932 to 1938, she studied architecture and engineering at the Technische Hochschule in Stuttgart (Stuttgart Institute of Technology) before being forced to emigrate to Venezuela in 1939 due to her Jewish ancestry. There, in the mid-1950s, she began working as an artist. Gego’s training has always remained a point of reference for her artistic practice, which she has continuously expanded in various media – from technical sketches to drawings, engravings and prints to objects and extensive installations in museums or public spaces in Caracas. The exhibition emphasizes that in Gego’s work the boundaries between all creative disciplines are fluid and that the medium of drawing has always remained an important means of communication.
The research project and the exhibition were realized in close collaboration with the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (Dr. Ulrike Groos), the University of Stuttgart (Prof. Dr. Kerstin Thomas) and the Wüstenrot Foundation (Prof. Philip Kurz) and have was led and organized by Stefanie Reisinger.
Gego: procedure and meeting
Conference: April 7-8, 2022
On the occasion of the exhibition Gego: the architecture of an artist, a two-day symposium will take place at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. Gego’s independent artistic position was formed in an intensive confrontation with the architectural practices of his time. The sense of “origin and encounter” (“procedencia y encuentro”) played a central role for the exiled artist. Together with international art historians, curators and architectural theorists, we not only try to explore the importance of architecture in Gego’s work, his upbringing in Germany and the impulses his new hometown of Caracas has been brought into play. Additionally, we also seek to analyze Gego’s body of work within the context of dominant discourses on art and architecture, social, political and professional contexts in which the artist was integrated during his life.
Speakers: Mónica Amor (Maryland Institute College of Art), Noit Banai (Hong Kong Baptist University), Pablo León de la Barra (Guggenheim Museum, New York), Hannia Gómez (Fundación de la Memoria Urbana, Caracas), Hubert Klumpner (ETH Zürich) , Sabine Mainberger (University of Bonn), Mari Carmen Ramírez (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), Stefanie Reisinger (University of Stuttgart), Kerstin Thomas (University of Stuttgart)
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