• Rosemarie Trockel, Night Origami, 2008, mixed media, 27 x 23 x 2".

    Rosemarie Trockel

    Kunstmuseum Bonn
    Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2
    June 2–September 4

    Kunsthalle Zurich
    Limmatstrasse 270
    July 17–August 15

    Curated by Beatrix Ruf

    In the early 1980s, Rosemarie Trockel began making textile “paintings.” Designed by the artist but mechanically fabricated, these knitted-wool canvases feature Playboy bunnies and hammer-and-sickle emblems, undermining clichés of handicrafts as intrinsically feminine and the art object as one-of-a-kind. Such imbuing apparently rational processes with irony remains the basis of Trockel’s complex work. Here artist and curator collaborate on the presentation of some seventy paintings, objects, sculptures, and installations from the 1980s and ’90s to stand in dialogue with new and recent pieces, several conceived for this exhibition. A concurrent retrospective of Trockel’s works on paper opens May 30 at the Kunstmuseum Basel, subsequently merging checklists with the Zurich show when it travels in adapted form to Bonn. Travels to the Kunstmuseum Bonn, June 2–Sept. 4, 2011.

    Translated from German by Oliver E. Dryfuss.