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Lawrence Weiner

Wherewithal | Was Es Braucht

12 Nov 2016 - 15 Jan 2017

Lawrence Weiner
WHEREWITHAL | WAS ES BRAUCHT, 2016
Exhibition view ground floor, Kunsthaus Bregenz Photo: Markus Tretter
Courtesy of Private Collection © Lawrence Weiner | ARS, New York | Bildrecht, Wien, 2016 and Kunsthaus Bregenz
Lawrence Weiner
WHEREWITHAL | WAS ES BRAUCHT, 2016
Exhibition view ground floor, Kunsthaus Bregenz Photo: Markus Tretter
Courtesy of Private Collection© Lawrence Weiner | ARS, New York | Bildrecht, Wien, 2016 and Kunsthaus Bregenz
Lawrence Weiner
WHEREWITHAL | WAS ES BRAUCHT, 2016
Exhibition view ground floor, Kunsthaus Bregenz Photo: Markus Tretter
Courtesy of Private Collection© Lawrence Weiner | ARS, New York | Bildrecht, Wien, 2016 and Kunsthaus Bregenz
Lawrence Weiner
WHEREWITHAL | WAS ES BRAUCHT, 2016
Exhibition view ground floor, Kunsthaus Bregenz Photo: Markus Tretter
Courtesy of Private Collection© Lawrence Weiner | ARS, New York | Bildrecht, Wien, 2016 and Kunsthaus Bregenz
Lawrence Weiner
WHEREWITHAL | WAS ES BRAUCHT, 2016
Exhibition view ground floor, Kunsthaus Bregenz Photo: Markus Tretter
Courtesy of Private Collection© Lawrence Weiner | ARS, New York | Bildrecht, Wien, 2016 and Kunsthaus Bregenz
Lawrence Weiner
WHEREWITHAL | WAS ES BRAUCHT, 2016
Exhibition view ground floor, Kunsthaus Bregenz Photo: Markus Tretter
Courtesy of Private Collection© Lawrence Weiner | ARS, New York | Bildrecht, Wien, 2016 and Kunsthaus Bregenz
Lawrence Weiner
WHEREWITHAL | WAS ES BRAUCHT, 2016
Exhibition view first floor, Kunsthaus Bregenz Photo: Markus Tretter
Courtesy of Lawrence Weiner © Lawrence Weiner | ARS, New York | Bildrecht, Wien, 2016 and Kunsthaus Bregenz
Lawrence Weiner
WHEREWITHAL | WAS ES BRAUCHT, 2016
Exhibition view first floor, Kunsthaus Bregenz Photo: Markus Tretter
Courtesy of Lawrence Weiner© Lawrence Weiner | ARS, New York | Bildrecht, Wien, 2016 and Kunsthaus Bregenz
Lawrence Weiner
WHEREWITHAL | WAS ES BRAUCHT, 2016
Exhibition view first floor, Kunsthaus Bregenz Photo: Markus Tretter
Courtesy of Lawrence Weiner© Lawrence Weiner | ARS, New York | Bildrecht, Wien, 2016 and Kunsthaus Bregenz
Lawrence Weiner
WHEREWITHAL | WAS ES BRAUCHT, 2016
Exhibition view first floor, Kunsthaus Bregenz Photo: Markus Tretter
Courtesy of Lawrence Weiner© Lawrence Weiner | ARS, New York | Bildrecht, Wien, 2016 and Kunsthaus Bregenz
LAWRENCE WEINER
Wherewithal | Was Es Braucht
12 November 2016 — 15 January 2017

There are so many varieties of Germanic culture here in Bregenz that are not mixable, and I see that as a kind of geyser, like anything that builds up enough pressure, you have to lance it or pop it, that’s a geyser, that’s a pimple, a pimple popper. You know, that’s what it is. That’s what philosophy is. Philosophy is a popped pimple. All of these simultaneous cultures are teutonic (of a sort) and if you read tectonic as teutonic plates, one can understand the allusion to the geyser.
Lawrence Weiner, Bregenz, September 2016

The exhibition title WHEREWITHAL in white uppercase letters is outlined in black. It is a work about language and, according to Weiner, a mental image for the state of society, people, and the world today.

Art has to ask questions, stated Lawrence Weiner during his first visit to Kunsthaus Bregenz. If it contented itself with predetermined answers, it would fall into the traps of complacency and simple illustration. Born in 1942 in New York, Lawrence Weiner is one of the world’s most renowned artists and a cofounder of American conceptual art. In realizing art as an intellectual act, Weiner has from the very beginning worked with language. On the wall it attains a virtually tangible existence. »First there was the word, and with the word one realized that there was something before the word.« (Lawrence Weiner, 1996) Weiner always employs two languages, English and the respective native language, the objects acquiring both optical »dignity« and an interplay between understanding and space.

On the walls of Kunsthaus Bregenz Weiner’s texts become a commentary on the architecture, the space, and sensory experience. His works are only apparently site-specific. They relate to themselves, pursue elliptical odysseys through meaning and create deft plays on society, politics, and the place of art.

Lawrence Weiner is particularly important to Kunsthaus Bregenz because of his spatial thinking. The model for his text works across the building’s four floors is, according to Weiner, a kind of geyser. Geysers provide valves for excessive pressure, and art is a spontaneous escape from apparently hermetic tectonic crusts. He admits to that as being »idealistic«, but this nevertheless remains one of art’s tasks.

Biography

Lawrence Weiner was born February 10, 1942 in the Bronx, New York City. After graduating highschool, he spent the late Fifties and early Sixties travelling throughout North America (USA, Mexico, and Canada). The first presentation of his work took place at Mill Valley, California, in 1960.

Lawrence Weiner has had solo exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2013), Museu d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona (2013), Haus der Kunst in Munich (2007), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City (2004), Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2000), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1994), and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (1990). He was a participant in dOCUMENTA 5, 6, 7, and 13 (1972, 1977, 1982, 2012) in Kassel and the 36th, 41st, 50th, and 55th Venice Biennale (1972, 1984, 2003, 2013). He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1994), the Wolfgang-Hahn-Preis from the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig in Cologne (1995), the Roswitha Haftmann-Preis from the eponymous Zürich-based foundation (2015), and a honorary doctorate from the City University of New York (2013).

Lawrence Weiner divides his time between his studio in New York City and his boat in Amsterdam.
 

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Selected Works
Alfredo Jaar Other People Think (2012)
Fabian Knecht Isolation (Dead Tree) 2017
Pipilotti Rist Open My Glade (2000)
Ed van der Elsken Beethovenstraat, Amsterdam (1967)
Santiago Sierra Obstruction of a Freeway with a Truck's Trailer (1998)