May 12, 2011 - Malmö Konsthall - Anna Maria Maiolino and Poul Gernes
May 12, 2011

Anna Maria Maiolino and Poul Gernes

Left: Anna Maria Maiolino, “Untitled,” 1993/2005. From the serie “A sombra do Outro.”
Right: Poul Gernes “Stripe series paintings,” 1965.Rekonstruktion 2007, documenta 12.

Anna Maria Maiolino and Poul Gernes

Malmö Konsthall
T +46(0)40 34 6000
S:t Johannesgatan 7
Box 17127
SE-200 10 Malmö
Sweden
www.konsthall.malmo.se

Anna Maria Maiolino
21 May–21 August 2011

An exhibition organised by Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, and coproduced with Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, and Malmö Konsthall.

Anna Maria Maiolino’s (b 1942) complex work has developed through: poetry, sculpture, performance, installation, photography, film and, above all, drawing. The wide spectrum of subjects, materials and attitudes that underlies her work does not follow a linear development. Rather, through the diversity of her work, she creates a web where themes and attitudes intertwine while meanings slip between one work and another. For Maiolino, subjectivity is relational and her work moves between dichotomies—in-out, positive-negative, absence-presence—that are constantly reconnecting in a process of transformation.

In her series, Anna Maria Maiolino incorporates the working process and the material into the finished work. For this exhibition, she has realised a series of unfired clay ephemeral installations using the language of the archaic method of ceramics: little rolls and little snakes. These are basic forms—the same, yet different. They are directly molded from primordial and repetitive hand gestures, and evoke the pulse of life in everyday objects and insignificant gestures. Made of unfired clay, these big installations are ephemeral, as the clay, once dry, slowly turns to dust.

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Poul Gernes – Retrospective
21 May–21 August 2011

Organized in co-operation with Lunds konsthall and Deichtorhallen Hamburg

The painter, sculptor and filmmaker Poul Gernes (1925-1996) is considered a modern classic and numbers among the most influential of Scandinavian artists. He constantly sought to link art to life by means of colour and design. In the 50 years Poul Gernes was active he had numerous exhibitions and he shaped the face of more than 150 buildings in Denmark. He left behind an impressive œuvre, which is fascinating on account of its extraordinary complexity.

Malmö Konsthall and Lunds konsthall are staging a dual exhibition showcasing over that provide a comprehensive insight into his art. The exhibition sheds clear light on the important stages in Gernes’ development—from virtually unknown studies from the 1940s meticulously drawn in the style of the Old Masters through to the large-format stylized floral and linear forms that featured in his late flower paintings of the 1990s.

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Press preview Thursday May 19 at 11 a.m
Opening Friday May 20, 5–9 p.m.

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