Pawel Althamer

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Pawel Althamer

Ed. Ingvild Goetz, Larissa Michelberger, Rainald Schumacher, graphic design by Schmid+Widmaier Design, text(s) by Rainald Schumacher, Karol Sienkiewicz, Stach Szablowski, Katharina Vossenkuhl

German, English

2012. 128 pp., 112 ills.

softcover

17.30 x 24.60 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3461-5

The Polish sculptor’s oeuvre oscillates between art historical tradition and intellectual rejuvenation

At the core of Pawel Althamer’s (*1967 in Warsaw) artistic work is man himself—as physical sculpture, an abstract assemblage of materials, as installation or specific video image, or as a genuinely social creature, which the artist uses as a theme in projects involving various groups of people. In the performance/action Common Task, for instance, Althamer has friends and neighbors accompany his exhibitions in various places; the people are dressed in gold, as if they come from another star, bringing back a sense of amazement and the innocent gaze to the world, while celebrating and symbolizing them. This is the first publication to extensively examine the spiritual aspects of Althamer’s work and position it within the political and historical context of recent Polish history. In this way, it becomes possible to see the creative sphere within this specific, European-influenced cultural space.

Exhibition schedule: Sammlung Goetz, Munich, May 29–October 6, 2012 | Museion – Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst, Bolzano, May 26–August 26, 2012

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