The sculptors, Ruth Vollmer and Gego, who emigrated to North and South America in the 1930s, examine the interfaces between two-dimensional graphics and three-dimensional geometric sculpture. Bridging the American avant-garde of the 1960s and European Modernism, they transform modular systems involving sculptures and drawings into open geometrical abstractions that consistently generate new shapes. Gego’s substantial wire sculptures and Ruth Vollmer’s complex, mathematically based sculptures herald a numerical sensitivity that is crucial for the understanding of space in the age of the media.
The ZKM Karlsruhe is exhibiting sculptures, drawings and books produced over a period of 30 years by the Biennale artist Gertrude Goldschmidt, alias Gego, [b. 1912, Hamburg – d. 1994, Caracas] as well as sculptures and drawings by Ruth Vollmer [b. 1903, Munich – d. 1982, New York]. Supplementing the exhibits is experimental film material from the 1960s and 70s that was inspired by the artists’ sculptures.
- Nadja Rottner (Curator)
- Peter Weibel (Curator)
- Exhibitions team
Carmen Beckenbach (organizational participation)
Martin Häberle (technical project management)
Petra Meyer (organizational participation)
- Organization / Institution
- ZKM | Medienmuseum
Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal ; Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum Graz ; Miami Art Central