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50th Anniversary of Studio GlassIn the Name of Love: Sculptures on the Grand Theme of Love

Exhibition at the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung in Munich
In the Name of Love: Sculptures on the Grand Theme of Love

Munich. Love was and is an important subject in art. People long to make love and love's sorrow tangible. Over the centuries, literature, music, painting, and sculpture testify to this eternal quest. The new exhibition In the Name of Love at the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung in Munich shows the many facets of love from 7 February to 7 November 2012. It will illuminate not only the light, desirable side of love but also its hidden, mysterious, dark side. And this with a material which is not often seen in art: glass and mixed media. Thirty objects by twenty-six international artists will be on view in the beautiful Art Nouveau villa in Munich-Schwabing. An elaborately photographed catalogue has been published in conjunction with the exhibition. It gives all those who cannot come to Munich a chance to experience the exhibition up close.

The Material Glass in Art
Glass is one of the interest areas of the young and dynamic foundation that is now ten years old and that likes to seize on the unusual. Glass in art goes back a long way to, for instance, the non-functional vases by Emile Gallé or Daum. The material experienced a dramatic change with the so-called studio-glass movement, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2012: Away from forms such as vases or bowls and towards many-layered messages. The medium glass has developed—unnoticed by many—into an independent area of art.

The Facets of Love in the Exhibition
The exhibition shows objects by well-known international artists but visitors will also discover young and in Europe still unknown talents. Especially the latter use the material glass freely in combination with other materials such as branches, fabric, photography, or wire mesh to feel out the light and dark sides of love. For example, the wings the young Canadians Tanya Lyons & Mathieu Grodet sewed together of many parts. They convey the elation love can arouse but also remind of the danger of getting burned.

In the "Land of Poets and Thinkers," complicated themes apparently continue to concern men and women artists. Numerous emotionally poignant works represent these artists from the north of Germany to the south. They drastically demonstrate the cruel power of love to destroy hearts (Ariane Forkel) or even to rip them out (Simone Fezer). Franz X. Höller's smoothly polished red couple standing side by side conveys that love in partnerships makes demands and that compromises establish good partnerships. The objects by Christiane Budig and Sybille Peretti reveal touching aspects of the very special affection between siblings.

The specific mother-and-child love relationship is one of the predominant themes of the large disturbing sculptures by Christina Bothwell (USA). At the same time, they imply the danger of a love too big, which—represented by an octopus—embraces and crushes everything. The glass HIV focuses on the dark sides of sexual and romantic love and in this context reminds us to be charitable in our dealings with the sick (Luke Jerram). There are objects from Israel and New Zealand as well as from China and Japan. Lino Tagliapietra, the great and venerated mentor of many artists, devotes himself to the love of one's home country, with colorful and profound reflections on the water of Venice.

Munich, November 2011

In the Name of Love | Im Namen der Liebe
Opening: Thursday, 2 February 2012, from 6 to 9 pm (by invitation only)
Duration of the exhibition: 7 February to 7 November 2012
Opening hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 am to 2 pm
Thursdays 2 to 5.30 pm (closed on holidays)

Eva-Maria Fahrner-Tutsek, IN THE NAME OF LOVE
Foreword by F. Hufnagel, contributions by E.-M. Fahrner-Tutsek and C. Schack von Wittenau. Hardcover, English and German, 112 color plates
Kerber Verlag, 2012. ISBN 978-3-86678-589-2

Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung
Karl-Theodor-Str. 27
80803 Munich
Tel. +49-89-343856


| Posted 12 Feb 09

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