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  • Richard Long

    Kunstverein Hannover
    Sophienstraße 2
    February 17–March 14, 1999

    Kunstverein director Eckhard Schneider, known for championing contemporary British art, now presents a forty-piece survey of fifty-three-year-old Richard Long’s career, including his very latest work. Long’s engagement with disparate media takes center stage as sculptures, text works, photographs, and murals are exhibited side by side. Given the artist’s long-standing interest in natural phenomena, it is no surprise that Long produced a 100-meter, site-specific work for Hannover’s light-flooded Orangerie. The catalogue, with a preface by the curator, takes the form of an artist’s book, the fifty-eighth in the artist’s ongoing romance with the book as art.

  • “El Lissitzky: Beyond the Abstract ”

    Sprengel Museum Hannover
    Kurt-Schwitters-Platz
    January 17–May 4, 1999

    Although Lissitzky is best known as a painter, sculptor, and graphic artist, here Margarita Tupitsyn and Thomas Wesk (of the Sprengel) focus on the artist’s work with photography and photo-montage. Comprising over 300 items from 1922–41, some of them previously unknown, the exhibition ranges from abstract photograms to family portraits to propaganda imagery, and brings into focus the artist’s relationship with the filmmaker Dziga Vertov and his collaboration with other photographers on various design projects. The catalogue includes essays by Tupitsyn, the Guggenheim's Matthew Drutt, and Ulrich Pohlmann. Jan.17–May 4; travels to Museu D’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, July 5–Sept. 5; and Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal, Sept. 16–Nov. 7