Harald Klingelhöller

Galerie Schmela

Now that the hectic activity around Documenta 7 is over, it is possible to proceed with a thorough viewing of the new scene. Among the work that stands out is that by Harald Klingelhöller, given a concentrated and excellent presentation here. The display, in fact, may play a role in heightening the effect of Klingelhöller’s transrational and transfunctional works to a provocative urgency.

The forms of the architectural sculptures suggest the lectern and the planetary system, but these sculptures neither can nor wish even remotely to do justice to function or science. In this sense, Klingelhöller is among a younger generation of artists that withdraws from the claims on intellectual creativity characteristic of the art of the preceding generation. The esthetic throwback to art of the past is also a component of this widespread and diverse attitude among the new artists; regardless of whether

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