Luhring Augustine Gallery
Luhring Augustine is pleased to announce the exhibition Eller Bahnhof by German artist Reinhard Mucha. This will be the artist's second solo show in New York since debuting at the gallery's SoHo space in 1993 with the historical Collected Recollected exhibition.
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For the past two decades Reinhard Mucha has been creating sculptural assemblages comprised of found industrial materials re-fabricated into meticulously intricate installations. Mucha's lexicon of readymade materials range from generic institutional furniture and props such as filing cabinets, pedestals, display cases, chairs and tables, to construction-site accoutrements like steel girders, doors and hinges, ladders, panes of glass and fluorescent lighting, Mucha applies a personal narrative and working process to the found objects as evidence linking them to a greater historical and architectural context. Using mediums such as film and photography to enhance his sculptural process, it would seem that Mucha plays the role of artist-storyteller, architect, designer, engineer and carpenter all at once.
For Eller Bahnhof Mucha will recreate a room installation which he presented in a group show, Wounds: Between Democracy and Redemption in Contemporary Art, organized by Pier Luigi Tazzi at the re-opening of the Moderna Museet, Stockholm last year. On the occasion of this exhibition he created six site specific wall displays, which he originally planned on making discreet vitrines hung as wall sculpture. Instead Mucha cut into the museum's temporary walls to create recessed wall cases displaying assembled photographs of his young son, Roman, (a familiar subject in Reinhard's work since his birth) in and around construction sites. Images reveal a small jubilant child pushing a wheelbarrow and driving a bulldozer, which recontextualizes a work site as a child's playground. These six displays shown again in Eller Bahnhof will be re-fabricated into fixed wall vitrines. These wall vitrines will be a departure from the refined cabinets for which Mucha is so well known. Instead he will make cruder vitrines which will reveal the origins of the work, that is, removed from a museum wall. The six displays will accompany two other pieces - an older work which was originally included in the Collected-Recollected show, Untitled (Pohlschröder) Ausstellung der Galerie Schellmann & Klüser, München 1982, 1993 and a floor piece entitled Krupp.
Reinhard Mucha is one of the most important German artists working today. His monument installation Wartesaal (Waiting room) was included in Documenta X. Mutterseelenallein, 1989, a significant installation of 16 heavy wall -mounted display cases is on permanent display at the Museum for Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt. His work is in the collections of museums throughout the world.
For further information please contact Michele Maccarone.