Rosemarie Trockel

Museum Ludwig
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.