Rosemarie Trockel, Malmaschine (Detail), 1990; © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Structura Gallery | Sofia | 15.02.2019 – 30.03.2019
Exhibition opening | The ifa exhibition of works by Rosemarie Trockel presents a wide range of the different artistic forms that Trockel employs – drawings, objects, silkscreen prints, videos and knitted pictures.
In these works, Rosemarie Trockel not only addresses questions immanent to art, she also spins her own special thread of themes – from the media representations of reality, to identity formation, a sense of social belonging, and questions of ethnicity.
Rosemarie Trockel does not shy away from radical critique of the art world and business. But despite her critical stance, her works address their viewers as lively and highly imaginative conceptual constructs and as vivid and convincing artistic designs. The artist manages to visualize serious philosophical questions with irony and humour, while avoiding dogmatic opposites and polemics.
In Trockel’s works, viewers can see traditional and new visual media entering into astonishing new interrelations. This is particularly evident in her drawings in ink, charcoal and pencil, and her collages and computer-based drawings, all of which have an important place in her oeuvre. Drawings accompany each new phase of Trockel’s work as a form of experiment – sketches that record ideas and plans. But the drawings are also an independent group of works in themselves, as is particularly apparent in the large formats Trockel sometimes uses. Along with the videos, our exhibition therefore puts special emphasis on this medium.
Curator: Gudrun Inboden
ifa touring exhibitions
ifa plans and organises exhibitions of contemporary art from Germany, presenting insights into the fine arts, photography and film, and design and architecture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These exhibitions tour the world for several years and are shown in international museums all over the world. In our diverse art education programmes we link the German art scene with international artists and cultural institutions and protagonists, setting up cooperation projects and networks. Our exhibitions create local forums for encounter, open up international perspectives, and build sustained stores of knowledge. ifa also provides loans to museums for special exhibitions and presentations.