previews

  • George Brecht

    Museum Ludwig
    Heinrich-Böll-Platz
    September 17, 2005–January 8, 2006

    Curated by Alfred M. Fischer and Julia Robinson

    George Brecht once described his events as “very private, like little enlightenments I wanted to communicate to my friends who would know what to do with them.” Though this reticence has restricted his oeuvre’s accessibility, intimacy remains one of his work’s greatest strengths. Brecht is inextricably linked with Fluxus, but his art is too elusive to be quite nameable. Accompanied by a catalogue edited by Fischer, including the artist’s statements and texts, this retrospective comprising two hundred works—books, installations, assemblages, and more, dating from 1957 through the ’90s—should bring Brecht wider attention. But the happy few already in on the secret might quietly regret it.

    Travels to MACBA, Barcelona, May 2006.

  • Rosemarie Trockel

    Museum Ludwig
    Heinrich-Böll-Platz
    October 29, 2005–February 22, 2006

    Curated by Barbara Engelbach

    COGITO, ERGO SUM. So reads a 1988 machine-knit wool-on-linen picture by Rosemarie Trockel, stitched in a rendition of childish cursive. The artist’s appropriation of Descartes’s famous dictum unravels its linear logic, recasting the rational subject as dreamy doodler. For the past twenty-odd years, Trockel has similarly undermined hallowed ideologies and confused recourse to easy meaning, employing sculpture, installation, drawing, and video. This comprehensive survey—which includes 131 works and is accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Silvia Eiblmayr, Gregory Williams, Brigid Doherty, and the curator— promises to weave together the strands of Trockel’s eminent and multifaceted oeuvre.

    Travels to Galleria Communale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, May 2006.

  • “Project Migration”

    Kölnischer Kunstverein
    Die Brücke Hahnenstraße 6
    October 1, 2005–January 15, 2006

    Curated by Marion von Osten and Kathrin Rhomberg

    Today’s European Union is at once ambitious and reticent, incorporating former Eastern Bloc countries while fortifying itself against African and Asian immigration. Launched in 2002, “Project Migration” focuses on corresponding cultural change. Following a film and lecture program, this fall will see the opening of a group show curated by Kunstverein director Rhomberg and von Osten, a professor at Zürich’s Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst. They’ve chosen seventy artists, including Kutlug Ataman and Ann-Sofie Sidén, who confront the economic, political, and aesthetic dynamics of legal and illicit migration. The catalogue includes essays by Stuart Hall, Saskia Sassen, Arjun Appadurai, and Etienne Balibar.