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Lois Weinberger

STADTGALERIE SCHWAZ

At the last Documenta, in 1998, Lois Weinberger planted a variety of weeds near the abandoned railroad tracks in Kassel. Several years before, at the Salzburg festival, he broke open a section of asphalt on the street and left nettles, bindweed, and other plants to grow wild there. In Tokyo, he imported his own adaptable “wild plants” to the Watari-Um museum’s roof garden. Is this garden art? That would be too simple a reading. His theme is not botany but the activation of events in marginalized areas. Whether he deploys weeds or plastic bags filled with concrete (as in 1991 for the 21st Bienal de São Paulo), Weinberger sees his artworks as "poetic-political’’ actions.

The city of Schwaz is in Tirol, the artist’s native region, and here he abandoned the garden theme. “As Ever,” his recent show, was the continuation of a collaboration with Munich film director Markus Heltschl. The photographs,

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