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Robert Therrien

Works on Paper

HAUPTBAU / 01.06.–07.09.2008 / Curator: Christian Müller

Robert Therrien (born in Chicago in 1947, lives and works in Los Angeles) has made a name for himself primarily for his large-format sculptures and installations but he is also active in the fields of drawing, prints and photography. The works on paper that will be on view in this exhibition cover the past 20 years. Their subject matter is drawn from daily life: plates, pots, chairs, tables, cartoon physiognomies and architectural elements. These motifs and objects exist not only in reality but also in the pictures we see around us and in our memories. The appeal of the works on display lies in their reduction to the utmost simplicity of form. Their arrangement on paper and the precision of their physical appearance places them in an unexpected light, stirring personal memories, associations and rediscoveries, and lending them a literary, narrative quality.