Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress
Exhibition
until 08.03.2020

Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress

Vistes de l'exposició"Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress". Foto: Miquel Coll

Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress presents an in-depth look at the practice of the German artist between 1956 and 1968, a short but intense period, when she was active in making art. Posenenske (1930–1985) was born Charlotte Mayer in Wiesbaden, Germany, to a Jewish family. She studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart with Willi Baumeister, who introduced her to modernism and Soviet Constructivism.

Posenenske’s works can be described as oscillating between Minimalism and Conceptualism, participatory art and performance, social practice and institutional criticism. The exhibition brings together her first drawings and paintings (her earliest experiments with mark making), aluminium wall-reliefs, and her last and best-known modular sculptures. The exhibition includes both the original prototypes of these modular sculptures as well as newly fabricated elements.

Project Curators: Jessica Morgan and Alexis Lowry (Dia Art Foundation) and Hiuwai Chu
(Exhibition at MACBA)

Using construction materials, serial repetition and industrial manufacturing, Posenenske developed a form of mass-produced Minimalism that addressed the social and economic concerns of her time, circumventing the art market and rejecting established formal and cultural hierarchies. Her modular sculptures enabled the ‘consumer’ – the curator, viewer or owner – to decide and change the configuration of the installation according to their preference, thus surrendering some of the artist’s authorship and opening up the work to others. In a statement published in Art International in 1968, Posenenske asserts: ‘The things I make are variable, as simple as possible, reproducible. They are components of a space, since they are like building elements, they can always be rearranged into new combinations or positions, thus they alter the space. I leave this alteration to the consumer who thereby again and anew participates in the creation.’

This openness was also reflected in the fact that Posenenske intended her works to be replicated and did not limit them to a finite edition. Moreover, she offered them at their material cost, thus undermining the economic imperative of the art market. In her view, ‘art is a commodity of transient contemporary significance… It is difficult for me to come to terms with the fact that art can contribute nothing to solving urgent social problems.’ In 1968, owing to her disillusionment with the limits of art, Posenenske abandoned her artistic work to devote herself to sociology, specialising in the study of labour and industrial production.

While Posenenske exhibited widely during the years that she was active as an artist – alongside peers such as Hanne Darboven, Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt –, her contributions to the discourse of Minimal and Conceptual art remain largely overlooked. This retrospective is the most comprehensive exploration of Posenenske’s work since her death and recovers the artist’s legacy as a critical and prescient voice within contemporary art.

The exhibition will be the first major presentation dedicated to the German artist to be held in Spain. It is on view at Dia:Beacon (USA) from 8 March to 9 September 2019, before embarking on a European tour to MACBA, then Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf (4 April – 2 August 2020) and Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (2 October 2020 – 10 January 2021).

Tour

The exhibition will be the first major presentation dedicated to the German artist to be held in Spain. It is on view at Dia:Beacon (USA) from 8 March to 9 September 2019, before embarking on a European tour to MACBA, then Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf (4 April – 2 August 2020) and Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (2 October 2020 – 10 January 2021).

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18 October 2019 – 8 March 2020
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Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress
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Charlotte Posenenske
Wiesbaden
1930
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Hiuwai Chu is Head of Exhibitions and Curator at MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, where she has worked since 2007 as assistant curator and curator. She has curated exhibitions such as Bouchra Khalili: Between Circles and Constellations (2023); Panorama 21: Notes for an Eyer Fire (2021), Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress (2019), Undefined Territories: Perspectives on Colonial Legacies (2019), and Akram Zaatari. Against Photography: An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation (2017). She is co-editor of the book Climate: Our Right to Breath (K. Verlag, 2022). She is on the board of Hangar, an artist residency and center for research and production, and of Cordova, an independent curatorial project, both based in Barcelona. She was a member of the Editorial board of L’Internationale Online from 2021 – 2023. Before moving to Barcelona, Chu previously worked as associate editor at Aperture, New York. She studied anthropology at Barnard College, Columbia University.
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