The exhibition Radical Beauty: Form/Movement in the Remise of the Kunstverein Braunschweig is part of an international cooperation project that throws light on the extensive oeuvre of the Ham-burg-based artist Almut Linde (*1965 in Lübeck) from different perspectives in a total of six exhibitions. The show in Braunschweig presents new and older sculptures, films, and photographs.
“My studio is the world,” says Almut Linde. She works with people and social systems instead of with a brush and canvas. In doing so, the artist places herself in areas in which one would hardly suspect artistic potential, such as sites of industrial production, a traveling circus, military maneuvers, or the entertainment industry. However, it is not Almut Linde’s aim to merely document what occurs. In her works she deliberately employs techniques from, for instance, Conceptual Art, Minimal Art, and Action Painting in order to direct attention to the blind spots of perception.
In the 1990s, the Conceptual artist, photographer, and sculptor developed her own interpretation of Minimal Art, which she calls Dirty Minimal, which shifts the focus of her investigations to the everyday and the overlooked. She combines forms of Minimal Art with sociopolitical contents and allusions to romantic visual conceptions. The question of form, the image, and the underlying movement is essential: in Dirty Minimal #33.2—Bullet Actionpainting/Machine Gun, for example, she lined up glass frames during an army firing exercise and had the soldiers shoot at them, creating abstract works.
Under the aegis of Oliver Zybok, an extensive catalogue has been published by Hatje Cantz and the participating institutions (Galerie der Stadt Remscheid, Overbeck Gesellschaft in Lübeck, DA2 – Domus Artium in Salamanca, Chapter in Cardiff, Kunstpalais Erlangen, as well as the Kunstverein Braunschweig) with contributions by Oliver Zybok, Martin Eisenman, and Raimar Stange.
The exhibition is sponsored by:
Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur