June 16, 2009 - Van Abbemuseum - Jo Baer / Lynda Benglis / Jutta Koether
June 16, 2009

Jo Baer / Lynda Benglis / Jutta Koether

Trio exhibition 2009
Jo Baer – Lynda Benglis – Jutta Koether

3 simultaneous solo exhibitions

20/06 – 04/10/2009
opening: Saturday 20 June, 15:00 hrs

Van Abbemuseum
Bilderdijklaan 10
Eindhoven – The Netherlands
+31 (0)40 238 1000


From 20 June to 4 October, the Van Abbemuseum presents the Trio 2009, the 4th edition of a yearly recurring series of simultaneous solo exhibitions, this year with presentations by Jo Baer (1929), Lynda Benglis (1941), and Jutta Koether (1958). In the ten rooms of the monumental Oudbouw (the Old Building), Baer, Benglis and Koether have been invited to exhibit alongside each other. These solo presentations focus on each individual artist’s oeuvre, while their proximity allows the visitor to engage with the potential relations and counterpoints between the artists’ positions. From a series of distinctly different concerns and with the use of a wide variety of differing media, including drawing, painting, performance, sculpture, and text; the point of common interest lies in an engagement to the practice and vernacular of painting and its evolving role in art’s history.

Jo Baer‘s extensive oeuvre spans an artistic journey and critical dialogue from abstract expressionism through her well known minimalist paintings into her current style rooted in metaphorical imagery – what she terms as ‘radical figuration. In her artistic practice she continues to embrace collaboration and debate as she endeavors to make painting relevant and reflexive.

Lynda Benglis manifests her investigation of painting through a diversity of work, from her early wax paintings to the poured latex sculptures known as ‘fallen paintings’. In addition to these sculptural works, her oeuvre comprises videos in which she presents a parodic view of self-reflection as an antithesis to her own process-oriented sculptural work.

Jutta Koether is a painter, performance artist, musician, writer and critic. Within the field of painting she is equally ‘multipurpose’ with her use of translucent colour fields, the gestural brushstrokes and a dynamic physical installation of the works themselves. Her engagement with the historisation of the discipline is played out and explored through her re-negotiation of classical genres such as portraiture, landscape and still life, the use of the female form and the lyrical appropriation of poetry, music and art. Her work switches between an exuberant visual experience and a committed but wry appraisal of the possibilities of painting.

For more detailed information on each individual presentation, please visit our website: www.vanabbemuseum.nl.

The curators
The exhibition of Lynda Benglis is curated by Diana Franssen, the exhibitions of Jo Baer and Jutta Koether are curated by Annie Fletcher.

Locations after the Van Abbemuseum
The solo exhibition of Lynda Benglis will travel to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin, Ireland (4/11/2009 – 24/01/2010), to Le Consortium in Dijon, France (June – August 2010) and to the Rhode Island School of design (RISD) in Providence, USA (October 2010 – January 2011).

Blend special Jo Baer – Lynda Benglis – Jutta Koether
In co-operation with Blend magazine, a special publication is realised. In stead of an abstract of the exhibited works in the form of a traditional exhibition catalogue, this publication is compiled of specially made interviews, photo shoots and artworks, inspired by the oeuvre of the three artists.

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