Wolfgang Laib Türme des Schweigens - Towers of Silence
20 Mar—12 Sep 2020

Wolfgang Laib Türme des Schweigens - Towers of Silence

20 Mar—12 Sep 2020
Buchmann Lugano
Press release

Buchmann Galerie is pleased to announce the opening of our exhibition dedicated to Wolfgang Laib (Metzingen, *1950) at the exhibition space Buchmann Lugano.
 
The sculptures from the Towers of Silence group – recently exhibited in Florence in the Rucellai Chapel (Marino Marini Museum), on the occasion of the great exhibition dedicated to the German artist in various historical places in the city – are made of beeswax, a material that gives a sort of auratic, almost sacred dimension.

Despite their apparent simplicity, Laib's works are full of references to ancient civilizations and monuments, as well as to the history of art itself, and at the same time they intertwine Eastern and Western traditions and culture to give life to a universal expressive language.

 

Through his works, the artist has the unique ability to make the beholder live an aesthetic and sensorial experience, bringing it back to an essential primordial condition, to a moment without place or time, thus stopping the frenzy of everyday life, at least for a moment. For more than thirty years, Wolfgang Laib's overall work has stood out from traditional classifications and has maintained a high and original quality ever since.

 

The exhibition will also feature drawings of a poetic minimalism and the delicacy and lightness typical of the artist's paper production.

 

Wolfgang Laib has been considered one of the most respected and admired German artists on an international level. In 2015 he was awarded the Praemium Imperiale for sculpture in Japan. His works can be found in important collections such as: the MoMa in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Kunstmuseum in Bonn, the Kunsthaus in Zurich, the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, the MASI in Lugano and many others.

 

For more information about the artist and to request images of the exhibition, please contact the gallery.

Buchmann Lugano
Via della Posta 2, CH-6900 Lugano (nearby MASI - Palazzo Reali)
From Tuesday to Friday 13.00 – 18.00
Saturday 13.00 – 17.00
buchmann.lugano@bluewin.ch / www.buchmanngalerie.com

Comunicato stampa

La Buchmann Galerie è lieta di annunciare l’apertura dell’esposizione dedicata all'artista tedesco 

Wolfgang Laib  (Metzingen, *1950) presso lo spazio espositivo Buchmann Lugano.
 
Le sculture dal gruppo Towers of Silence, esposte recentemente a Firenze nella Cappella Rucellai

(Museo Marino Marini) in occasione della grande mostra a lui dedicata in vari luoghi storici della città

sono realizzate in cera d'api, materiale che conferisce una sorta di dimensione auratica, quasi sacra.

Le opere di Laib, nonostante la loro apparente semplicità, sono fitte di riferimenti a civiltà e monumenti antichi, così come alla storia dell'arte stessa e intrecciano al contempo tradizioni e cultura orientale e occidentale 

per dare vita ad un linguaggio espressivo universale. 

L'artista attraverso i suoi lavori ha la capacità unica di restituire al visitatore un'esperienza estetica e sensoriale riconducendola a una condizione primordiale essenziale, in un attimo senza luogo né tempo, arrestando così almeno per un istante, la frenesia della quotidianità. Da più di trent'anni l'opera complessiva di Wolfgang Laib si distingue dalle tradizionali classificazioni e mantiene da allora un'elevata e originale qualità.   
 
In mostra saranno inoltre presentati dei disegni di un minimalismo poetico e dalla delicatezza e leggerezza tipica della produzione su carta dell'artista.

Da tempo Wolfgang Laib è considerato uno degli artisti tedeschi più rispettati e ammirati a livello internazionale, insignito nel 2015 in Giappone del Praemium Imperiale per la scultura in Giappone.

Si possono trovare suoi importanti lavori presso la collezione del MoMa di New York, l’Hirshhorn Museum

di Washington, il Centre Pompidou di Parigi, il Kunstmuseum di Bonn, il Kunsthaus di Zurigo, il Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, il MASI di Lugano e tanti altri. 
 

Per maggiori informazioni riguardo l’artista e per richiedere le immagini della mostra, siete pregati di contattare la galleria.

Buchmann Lugano
Via della Posta 2, CH-6900 Lugano (accanto al MASI - Palazzo Reali)
Da martedì a venerdì 13.00 – 18.00
Sabato 13.00 – 17.00
buchmann.lugano@bluewin.ch / www.buchmanngalerie.com

Wolfgang Laib

Born 1950 in Metzingen. Lives and works in Southern Germany.

Education
1968-1974 Studied Medicine University of Tuebingen
Grants and Awards

2015Praemium Imperiale for Sculpture, The Japan Art Foundation

Solo Exhibitions

2020
Buchmann Lugano, Lugano
Kenji Taki Gallery Tokyo
2019
Santa Croce, Pallazzo Medici Riccanti, Museo Marino Marini, Cappella Rucellai, Florence
2018
Sperone Westwater Gallery - New York City
2017
MASI Lugano, CH (cat.)
Old Secretary Building; Yangon, Myanmar
2016
Alfonso Artiaco, Naples, Italy
Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz, Switzerland
2015
Kenji Taki Gallery
Buchmann Box
2014
Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Ravenna
Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf
Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
2013
Buchmann Galerie, Agra
Buchmann Lugano, Lugano
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York
2012
Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, India
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
2011
Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai
Gallery Chemould, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Galeria Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
The Rubin Museum of Art, New York
SAIC, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
2010
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main
2009
Fondazione Merz, Turin
Sean Kelly, New York
Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo - MUAC, Mexico City
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
2008
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble
2007
MNCARS - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía; Palacio de Crystal, Madrid

Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
2006
Institute of Contemporary Arts, Lasalle-Sia, Singapore
Fondation Beyeler, Basel
Buchmann Galerie Berlin
2005
Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tämaki, New Zealand
De Pont foundation for contemporary art, Tilburg/ NL
Kunstmuseum Bonn
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
MACRO - Museo d`Arte Contemporaneo Roma, Rom
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Fondation Beyeler, Basel
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Crawley/ Perth
2004
Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
Buchmann Galerie, Köln
University of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam
Gallery Rizziero Arte, Pescara
2003
Gallery Caratsch de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
Buchmann Lugano – Skulpturenprojekte und Kunsthandel, Agra/ Lugano
Kenji Taki Gallery, Tokyo
Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Marugame
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota
2002
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla/CA
Folkwang Museum, Essen
Haus der Kunst, München
Goethe-Institut, New York
2001
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas/Texas
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle/Washington
Buchmann Skulpturenprojekte & Kunsthandel, Agra/ Lugano
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale
Sprengel Museum, Hannover
2000
Buchmann Galerie, Köln
Berkely, Kalofornien
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington
Buchmann Galerie, Köln
Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere
Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco
1999
Galeria 1000 Eventi, Mailand
Kunsthaus Bregenz
Carré d’Art, Musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes
1998
Galeria Artiaco, Neapel
The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago
Galerie Sperone Westwater, New York
Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya/Tokyo
1997
Galerie Sperone Westwater, New York
Buchmann Galerie, Basel
L.A.C., Lieu d´Art Contemporain, Sigeau
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
1996
Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York
Galerie Artek, Helsinki
Galerie Ropac, Salzburg
Diözesanmuseum Köln, Köln
Galerie Kenji Taki, Nagoya/Japan
Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf
1995
Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Galerie Sperone Westwater, New York
1993
Galerie Buchmann, Basel
Camden Arts Center, London
De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art, Tilburg
Galerie Sperone Westwater, New York
Galerie Burnett Miller, Los Angeles
1992
capc Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux
Musée national d’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou, Paris
Kunstmuseum Bonn
The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
Museo Comunale d’Arte Moderna, Ascona
MOCA, Museum of Contemorary Art, Los Angeles
Galeria Artiaco, Neapel
1991
Galerie Buchmann, Basel
Galerie Senda, Hiroshima
Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fé/ New Mexico
Galerie Sperone Westwater, New York
Galerie Crousel-Robelin Bama
Galerie Kanransha, Tokyo
1990
Galerie Buchmann, Basel
Galerie Burnett Miller, Los Angeles
Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven
Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf
Kunstmuseum Luzern
The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (with Cy Twombly, Michel Verjux)
Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles
Galerie Rhona Hoffmann, Chicago
1989
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, (zus. mit Merz, Walther)
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona
Musée de Rochechouart, Limoges
Galerie Crousel-Robelin Bama, Paris
Galerie Buchmann, Basel
1988
Galerie Lelong, New York
Ruine der Künste, Berlin
Galerie Burnett Miller, Los Angele
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines
1987
Galerie Buchmann Basel
1986
Galerie Maeght Lelong, New York
ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris
CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux
Galerie Crousel-Hussenot, Paris
1985
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Kunstverein St. Gallen
Galerie Maeght Lelong, New York (zus. mit Ryman, Wilson)
1984
Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven
1983
Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf
Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
1982
Gewad, Gent
Galerie Konrad Fischer, Zürich
1981
Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven
Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
Galerie Max Hetzler, Stuttgart
Galerie Sperone Westwater Fischer, New York
1980
Ink, Zürich, (zusammen mit Marden, Merz, Zorio)
1979
Galerie Jean & Karen Bernier, Athen
Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven
Galerie Sperone Westwater Fischer, New York
1978
Galerie Rolf Preisig, Basel
Kunstraum München, München
Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf
Galerie Salvatore Ala, Mailand
1976
Galerie Müller-Roth, Stuttgart

Group Exhibitions

2019
The Hepworth Wakefield (cat.)
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Penitenti, Venice, Italy
Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan
2018
Buchmann Galerie Agra / Lugano
Pinakothek der Moderne, Schloss Herrenchiemsee
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
2017
Centro de Artes Visuales Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain
Buchmann Galerie Agra / Lugano
Grand Palais, Paris (cat.)
2016
Buchmann Galerie
Museum Rietberg, Zurich
FRAC - Centre, Orleans, FR
National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT)
2015
Lakefront, Lugano
Eichbühl Cemetery, Zürich
Watari-Um - Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Herrenchiemsee Palace, Herrenchiemsee
Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation, Venice
Musee de Grenoble
Marres - Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York
2014
Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille
Herrenchiemsee Palace, Herrenchiemsee
2013
Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres
2012
Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati, Spazio -1, Lugano
Ulmer Museum, Ulm
Musée Dépertemental dArt Contemporain de Rochechouart, Rochechouart
Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Roundtable: The 9th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
2011
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York City
Museum der Stadt Ratingen
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art
Städtische Kunsthalle, Mannheim
Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
Abbaye St André, Centre d'art contemporain, Meymac
2010
Suntory Museum, Osaka
Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz
Hirshhorn Museum and Scuplture Garden, Washington DC
Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf
Marlborough Chelsea, New York City
Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux
2009
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe
Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
2008
Buchmann Lugano, Agra/ Lugano

HVCCA-Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art Peekskill /NY
Fondation pour l'art condemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, 
Alex/ France
2007
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
CeSAC - Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee, Caraglio
Buchmann Box, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
DRAC PACA, Mouans-Sartoux

Buchmann Lugano - Skulpturenprojekte und Kunsthandel, Agra/ Lugano
Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf

Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin/ Beijing

2006
Centre Pompidou, Paris
SITE Santa Fe
Villa Massimo, Rom
Toyota Municipial Museum of Art, Toyota City
Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
MMoCA - Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Madison/ WI
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
National Gallery of Art, Washington
2005
Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
503 Mulino, Vicenza
Buchmann Lugano – Skulpturenprojekte und Kunsthandel, Agra/ Lugano
Kasa-tei, Kodai-ji temple, Kyoto
2004
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
MMK Passau, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Wörlen, Passau
EMST - National Museum of Contemporary Art Athen
International Fair of New Art, New York/
 Buchmann Galerie
2003
Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf/ CH
Kunstgipfel am Lago Maggiore, Vira Gabarogno/ CH
Ho-Am Art Gallery, Seoul
Buchmann Lugano – Skulpturenprojekte und KunsthandelAgra/ Lugano 

Ernst Barlach Museum Ratzeburg; Ernst Barlach Museum Wedel, Hamburg
2002
Buchmann Galerie, Agra
2001
Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
Gallery, Houston/TX
Contemporary Art Museum, Houston/TX
2000
Buchmann Galerie, Agra
Sperone Westwager, New York
P.S.1, New York
Galleria d´Arte Moderna, Bologna
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Galerie Sfeir-Smeler, Hamburg
The Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö
Museum of Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
1999
Venedig
Weimar
Museum Ludwig, Köln
Neue Nationalgalerie – Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
1998
Fondation Cartier, Paris
KM Kulturunea, San Sebastian
Diözesanmuseum Freising, München
Le Musée d´Art Moderne et Contemporain, Straßburg
Fondation Beyeler, Basel
1997
MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Palazzo dei Esposizioni, Rom
Biennale Kwangju, Korea
Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana
Lyon
Venedig
1996
Buchmann Galerie, Köln
San Ildefonso, Mexico City
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
1995
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
1994
Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Lenbachhaus, München
1993
Chateau d´Oiron, Oiron
Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
capcMusée d´art contemporain, Bordeaux
1992
De Pont Foundation, Tilburg
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
Musée d´Art Moderne, Collioure
Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen
1991
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Charlesroi
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
1990
Institue of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo
1989
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Orto Botanico, Turin
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
Städtisches Kunstmsueum, Bonn
1988
Rosc, Dublin
Museum der Gegenwart, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
1987
Oude Kerk, Amsterdam
Kassel
Kunstverein Bonn, Bonn
1986
Sydney
Hayward Art Gallery, London
Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
Wien
Fellbach
1985
Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Kunsthalle Zürich
Castello di Rivoli, Turin
Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay
1983
Helsinki
Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden / Tel-Aviv Museum
1982
German Pavilion cur. by Johannes Cladders (with Hanne Darboven, Gotthard Graubner)
Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Kassel
University Art Museum, Providence/Rhode Island
1981
Musée d´Art Moderne, Paris
Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
1980
Frankfurt am Main
Buchmann Galerie Agra / Lugano, Agra/Lugano
Selected Collections

Kunstmuseum Bonn 

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

Neue Pinakothek, Munich

Sprengel Museum, Hannover

Kolumba Diözesanmuseum, Cologne

Centre Pompidou, Paris 

CAPC, Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux 

Collections de l’Etat Français, France

Musée d’art contempoarin, Nîmes, France

Musée départemental de Rochechouart, Rochechouart 

Museé de Grenoble

Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin 

De Pont Foundation, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Kunsthaus, Zürich

LAC Museum of Contemporary Art, Lugano

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen

The Art Institute of Chicago 

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

San Francisco Museum of Art

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

Toyota Municipal Art Museum, Toyota