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Exhibitions 2011

May 28th–Sept. 25th, 2011

Lee Bontecou. Insights

ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art
Opening: Fri, May 27th, 2011, 6 p.m.

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Video: Introduction by Dr. Andreas F. Beitin (in german)

North American artist, Lee Bontecou, is to be honored for the first time since over thirty years with an exhibition in Europe. On the occasion of her 80th birthday, the ZKM provides a glimpse into the artist’s innovative work during the 1960s. It was her extraordinary three-dimensional wall art that made Bontecou – as one of the few women contemporaries in the art scene – a central female artist. The exhibition, Lee Bontecou. Insights, displays a selection of her internationally recognized works of the 1960s.

The ‘60s of the 20 century spawned most of what was innovative in art: Minimal Art, Pop Art, Concept Art, Arte povera, but also Performance and Happening established themselves as artistic styles. And yet it was not only the ideas, but also the use of materials which was to break new ground in art. One of the few women to have occupied an important and internationally recognized position in the western art scene of the era, was Lee Bontecou (*1931). Her work was presented, for example, in several important exhibitions, at the Sao Paolo Biennale in 1961, or at the documenta III in Kassel, in 1964. Furthermore, Bontecou may well be characterized as an artist’s artist, since numerous artists have been inspired by her work.

Impressed by the technical achievements in science and space travel, as well as a new art-immanent material aesthetics, Lee Bontecou produced an especially unique body of work. Beginning with figurative sculptures and abstract smoke signals, towards the end of the 1950s it was the large, three-dimensional wall art, at once picture, relief, and sculpture which then began to emerge.

Curator: Andreas F. Beitin

In Kooperation mit der Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf

Lee Bontecou: Untitled, 1960
Stahl und Leinwand
124,5 x 243,8 x 35,6 cm
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
© Lee Bontecou
Foto: Archiv Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Lee Bontecou: Ohne Titel, 1963
Grafit und Ruß auf Papier
25,4 x 33 cm
Im Besitz der Künstlerin
© Lee Bontecou
Foto: Will Brown

Lee Bontecou: Ohne Titel, 1959-60
Stahl und Zeltplane
175 x 182 x 61,5 cm
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
© Lee Bontecou
Foto: Walter Klein

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