ROSEMARIE TROCKEL. SELECTED DRAWINGS, OBJECTS, VIDEO WORKS.
22.06 - 02.10.2016
Opening ceremony of exhibition of one of the most successful artists in the world will take place on June 21 at 19.00 at the Arsenal.
Rosemarie Trockel is an important figure of international contemporary art; a woman who made a revolution in museums and galleries with proclamation of knitting and a kitchen stove as her sources of inspiration. Trockel destroyed the centuries-old wall that separated the "high culture" from handicraft and other things which were traditionally considered to be women's, thus having no right for acknowledgement and any status in art. Rosemarie Trockel. Selected Drawings, Objects, Video works is one of the first large-scale exhibitions of the German artist in Russia. The exhibition traveled to Nizhny Novgorod from Saint-Petersburg, where it was hosted by the Sergey Kuryokhin Centre for Contemporary Art.
"Life is like knitting stockings," - declared Rosemarie Trockel in one of her most famous photo collages. She appeared on the German art scene in the beginning of the 1980s when it was mainly male-dominated: Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter and Joseph Beuys. Trockel, Cologne-born and a graduate of the local High School of Fine Arts, chose not to conform to the existing system. She created her own, coming forward with traditional female roles.
Woolen threads and kitchen stove became symbols of her art. In the mid 1980s the German artist for the first time presented her 'knitted paintings' - canvases made of colored wool on a knitting machine. The second source of inspiration for Trockel - stove-burners, four ideal black circles on a white surface. Image of a housewife knitting in between cooking a dinner and cleaning a house, was completely destroyed. Handicraft, made by female hands, were now exhibited at the best museums and galleries of the world.
Trockel is constantly experimenting with art forms. During her professional career she created amateur films, sculptures, drawings, painted portraits, photo collages and installations, photographed. In 1999 the artist was the only representative from Germany at the Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art. In 1997 and 2000 she participated in Documenta in Kassel.
Opening of the exhibition will take place on June 21 at 19.00 (right wing, 2nd floor). Free entrance.
Opening hours: Tue.– Sun. 12.00 – 20.00