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Rosemarie Trockel

Drawings, Collages and Book Drafts

HAUPTBAU / 30.05.–05.09.2010 / Curator: Anita Haldemann

Rosemarie Trockel (born 1952) ranks among the most important contemporary artists. Drawings, book designs and collages play an essential role in her oeuvre, which covers a wide range of genres from knitted imagery and ceramic objects to videos and installations. Portraits of monkeys, representations of sleeping male youths, the use of unusual techniques like photocopying and making collages out of early drawings – these are all devices that feed into the artist’s ironic take on social conventions and artistic norms, and, in fact, on the traditional notion of the drawing as such. Artworks representing each of Trockel’s major work groups and selected in close collaboration with the artist are showcased in combination with drawings and collages made especially for this exhibition and on view here for the first time. The exhibition was organized jointly by Kunstmuseum Basel and Kunstmuseum Bonn, and will also be on display at Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, in 2011.