Wolfgang Laib

Städtisches Museum Abteiberg

Wolfgang Laib studied medicine and finished all the examinations necessary in order to practice; since graduating, however, he has devoted himself exclusively to his work in art. His home is in a part of Germany known for a deeply rooted meditative, even mystical spirituality, and this location, together with his education, are decisive conditions for Laib’s work. The intensity of his preoccupation with “milk stones,” and more recently with pollen, is an expression of a creative fixation in the best sense of the term: on the one hand, it expresses the once-vital link of the doctor with nature; on the other, it affirms man’s immaterial ties with his environment as an indispensable root of life.

The visual form of the work is as lean as its artistic quality is rich and elusive. On the floor of this museum’s space lay a flat rectangular piece of white marble, its top slightly ground down to

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