- MINIMAL reloaded
21 October 2012 – 24 February 2013
At the beginning of the 1960s, Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin and Robert Morris were busy redefining the work of art in terms of its relationship to both space and the beholder. This distinctively American art movement, commonly referred to as minimalism, connected the reproducible artifact to the notion of an autonomous work in a way that has remained influential ever since.
In the exhibition <MINIMAL reloaded>, early minimalist works are shown together with the works of younger artists who adroitly hearken back to the historical phenomenon. What we see in the juxtaposition is the persisting resonance of the original artistic concerns and approaches, including the use of industrial materials, the elimination of non-essential forms, the introduction of serial arrangements and an emphasis on the presence of the material. These elements are embraced and developed by Tobias Abel, Henrik Eiben and David Semper. Far from exhausting themselves at a merely formalistic level, these younger artists exploit the revised definitions of materiality, space and visuality as a basis for capturing new aesthetic experiences.