Basel

Basel

Wolfgang Laib

Fondation Beyeler
Baselstrasse 101
November 27, 2005–February 27, 2006

Curated by Philippe Büttner and Ulf Küster

The poet of milk stones and pollen squares, Wolfgang Laib is, at fifty-five, the youngest artist—and the first installation artist—to receive a solo exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler, a world-class collection of modern masterworks that became its own public museum in 1997. The Renzo Piano building, with its translucent white-glass roof, should be a beautiful setting for about thirty of Laib’s fragile, tactile installations made since the ’80s, including not only milk and pollen works but examples of his beeswax “houses” and ziggurat-shaped towers. Artists honored with special showings at the Beyeler tend to be dead masters—Monet, Picasso, Rothko—or living legends—Kelly, Johns. This inserts Laib, however gently, into a grand pantheon.