Harald Klingelhöller

Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus

Harald Klingelhöller uses letters of the alphabet to blur the boundary between the pictorial and the linguistic. In his recent show, "Alle Metaphern werden wahr” (All metaphors come true), which contained a selection of sculptural assemblages created over the past decade, the entire exhibition space became a container for language. Klingelhöller builds sculptures out of three-dimensional letters cut out of various materials, including plasterboard, steel, cast iron, cardboard, and glass. The letters in a given piece, which are often the same as its title, are arranged into blocklike forms that are displayed on the floor of the exhibition space or suspended from its ceiling.

Materiality and gravity play central roles in Klingelhöller’s work. The words that are incorporated into the sculptures become objects, each with its own particular weight and expressive potential. As they hang, lie,

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