Annette Wehrmann, Fotografie aus der Serie Blumensprengungen, 1991-95.
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Badischer Kunstverein is pleased to present an extensive solo exhibition of artist Annette Wehrmann (1961-2010). Wehrmann's works contributed to the politicisation of art in the 1990s. In a unique manner, she combines methods of conceptual and performance art with Situationism, feminism and science fiction.
Wehrmann's drawings, sculptures, installations, performances, videos and texts create a unique and accessible language that aggressively resists supposedly established norms. Using an idiosyncratic amalgam of anarchic prose, intellectual discourse and dry humour, Wehrmann expresses her disquiet with the world while underlining an autonomous attitude that characterise both her art and her everyday life.
The exhibition at Badischer Kunstverein brings together a range of individual pieces and bodies of work by the artist. Wehrmann's UFO architectures are given a central role. These objects are influenced by feminist science fiction literature, the jazz musician Sun Ra and the architectural group Archigram.
Public space, in particular its increasing privatisation and commercialisation, is another topic in Wehrmann's art. In the photo series "Blumensprengungen" (Blowing Up Flowers, 1992-95) the artist literally explodes city flower beds.
"Fußbälle/Kugeln" (Balls, 1989-90) is an early sculptural work consisting of balls made from bricks with which the artist played football in a performance piece. The installation "DSB für die Zukunft" (DSB for the Future, 1993-96) is based on an early performance art piece in which she introduced a new currency, thus creating an alternative economic space. Wehrmann's textbased and performative way of working is exemplified by her texts typed on paper streamers, that she presented in readings and included in installations.
A separate part of the exhibition shows a cross-section of writings in which the artist drew equally on science and on popular culture. This section attempts a contextualisation in order to apprehend the work of Annette Wehrmann in its multi-layeredness and complexity.
Curated by Ort des Gegen e.V. and Anja Casser, Badischer Kunstverein.
A publication will appear following the exhibition.
Annette Wehrmann (1961-2010) lived and worked in Hamburg.
She studied fine arts at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (University of Fine Arts) and at the Städelschule in Frankfurt.
In 2013, the book "Luftschlangentexte" (Paper Streamer Texts) was published by Starship Verlag.
Der Ort des Gegen e.V. was established in Hamburg in 2011 to preserve the artistic estate of Annette Wehrmann.
Further information about Ort des Gegen e.V. is available at www.annettewehrmann.de