Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein

Georg Malin

24 Jun - 02 Oct 2016

Georg Malin, Museum man and artist
Exhibition view Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
photo: ospelt photography
© Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
Museum man and artist
24 June – 02 October 2016

Curated by Friedemann Malsch

Georg Malin has shaped the history of Liechtenstein in many ways. The exhibition at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein highlights two of the roles he has played.

Georg Malin turned ninety on 8 February 2016. This is an opportunity for Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein to pay tribute to two facets of this artist, historian, politician and conservator from Liechtenstein: as a sculptor and, above all, as conservator of the Liechtenstein State Art Collection. The institution was run by Georg Malin from its foundation on 23 July 1968 until 1996. As early as 1969 he mounted the first exhibition in what was at the time its provisional domicile, the Engländerbau. Malin began systematically expanding the Liechtenstein State Art Collection and played a central role in defining the basic structure of its holdings of 20th-century art.

After studying History, Art History, and Philosophy, Georg Malin trained as a sculptor, and continues to work as a freelance artist today. His sculptures – for example the Z-Cube in Vaduz’s Postplatz – are distinctive landmarks at various public, private and religious sites across Liechtenstein. While his early works focused on the forces of nature, committed to an abstract figuration, his later groups of works, for example his letter sculptures, explore the symbolically significant body of the cube.

The exhibition highlights the interaction of the two facets of Georg Malin, while also examining the beginnings of the State Art Collection.

The exhibition is a production of Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, curated by Friedemann Malsch.

Complementing the show at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Kulturhaus Rössle in Mauren is holding an exhibition focusing above all on Malin's paintings. "Georg Malin. Colours and forms" is curated by Elisabeth Huppmann and will be opened on Friday, 26 August 2016, from 6pm.