Bradwolff Projects, Amsterdam 02.08 – 23.08.2020
Margret Wibmer’s solo exhibition at Bradwolff Projects, an Amsterdam based experimental platform for contemporary art, included mainly new works.
The central work of the exhibition was Wibmer’s latest video Relay (2018-2020), an investigation into possibilities of re-activating the physical and emotional experience of the performance through moving images and sound. It was projected onto the dome at Bradwolff Projects. Together with the video, a selection of photographic and sculptural works were on view.
In her opening speech, guest curator Sofie Crabbé drew parallels between the work of Margret Wibmer and the oeuvre of multimedia artist Nam June Paik (1932 – 2006). An extensive retrospective of Paik, entitled The Future is Now, was on view at Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam until August 23 2020.
I see quite a few similarities between Nam June Paik and Margret Wibmer. Both artists bring together different disciplines such as performance, video, music, poetry, dance and sculpture. Their work radiates something poignantly spiritual. And there is always a strong human element interwoven in it. In addition, the development of the oeuvre of both Paik and Wibmer has been profoundly inspired by composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham, more specifically the aesthetics of chance. Wibmer has a talent for connecting different people & worlds. That’s a talent she shares with Nam June Paik who also started to bring together artists and events all over the world, East and West. Wibmer mainly presents new work at Bradwolff Projects. This exhibition gathers all the media she has explored over the past twenty years, namely performance, video, photography, sculpture and textile.
WORKS ON VIEW
Relay / 2020 / video / duration 14:10 min / video segment / dome projection.
Composition with kimono / 2020 / lambda print on disbond, fabric, wooden box frame / 52 x 38 x 8 cm
Relay – video still #1 and #8 / 2020 / ea. archival pigment print on baryta photo paper on dibond in wooden frame, museum glass / 58 x 40 cm / edition 7 + 2 AP
Back – up / 2020 / fabric, plaster, aluminum / 106 x 21 x 21 cm;
Übung / 2005 / Fine Art photo print on baryta paper / 100 x 100 cm. framed, museumglas. Ed. 5
Breathe – dreams will follow (object) / 2020 / fabric, aluminium / 150 40 x 10 cm
Incidental break / 2005 / lamdaprint on disbond / 50 x 50 cm / Ed. 7
Margret Wibmer ‘Le Visible et l’Invisible’ Bradwolff Projects, Amsterdam 02.08. – 23.08.2020 / Curator: Sofie Crabbé in collaboration with artistic director Christine van den Bergh.
BRADWOLFF PROJECTS Oetewalerstraat 73 | 1093 MD | Amsterdam Oost
An introduction to the work of Margret Wibmer can be found on the blog of curator Sofie Crabbé.
The exhibition has been realized with the financial support of Mondriaan Fonds, Stadsdeel Oost Amsterdam, the Austrian Embassy in The Hague and Bradwolff Projects.