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Lois Weinberger

Christine König Galerie

When Lois Weinberger planted weeds around a railroad track near the Kulturbahnhof at Documenta X, it was widely noticed. In fact, the piece attracted more attention than many of the other works in the show. But why did common grasses, ferns, and thistles seem so intriguing when presented in a cultural context? Was it because large exhibitions can be tiring, even boring, for professionals as well as for laymen (perhaps for different reasons), and that a little nature is felt to be liberating? Especially in a clean, solid town like Kassel—where the train station is surrounded by a revitalized bourgeois area—a patch of untamed growth can be alienating, or at least have an incongruous effect.

One might say that nature has to a certain degree assumed a role that once belonged to art. Of course, one has to wonder whether it is in fact nature that is so interesting, or nature as art. At the edge

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