For his exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Mr. Stingel transferred this shrine of modernist architecture by Mies van der Rohe into his style of living room atmosphere. For the floor, he commissioned a gigantic rug with floral ornaments on it. Additionally, there is an impressive gigantic crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling.
In 1991, Mr. Stingel had his first solo show in New York: He placed a monochrome orange carpet on the floor of the Paula Cooper Gallery. ‘Artists have always been accused of being decorative. I just went to the extreme.’
On the lower floor, there are four large new paintings by Rudolf Stingel. One of them is 'Staffelalp' with conceptual references to Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Stingel painted it in a photorealistic style after a photographic negative used by the German expressionist Kirchner. As an ironic 'signature' he even painted the fingerprint of Kirchner from the negative into his painting.
The South-Tyrolean-born artist is a conceptual artist, who frequently challenges the way we perceive art. The French mega-collector Francois Pinault collects his work intensively: Stingel’s wall objects were in the two opening shows of his two Venice museums Punta della Dogana (2009) and Palazzo Grassi (2006). The wall objects were covered with monochrome white or black stereotype floral ornaments.
by Chris Neuschler
Trough 24 May 2010
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