‘At Work’
Studio and production as a subject of today's art
Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, November 17, 2013 − March 09, 2014

This exhibition is conceived as an essay and deals with the way in which consideration of the making and places of art is reflected in the artworks themselves. In the history of art, the studio was the traditional place in which artworks were produced, subsequently to be released into the world as transportable objects: into galleries, museums and private collections. At the same time this ‘order’ of places and their functions corresponded to the unity of author and artwork, a stylistic and genre-specific identity. There are no longer any fixed orders and attributions in today’s art production. Concept Art has no uniform style; artisan production is delegated, and playful and associative strategies now create manifold constellations of references. The function of the studio has become more relative in this context. 
Interestingly, in the current ‘crisis’ of the studio the art-historical genre of the studio picture is entering into many artists’ horizons, once again becoming a symbolic “motif”, often with a melancholy or ironic undertone. Meanwhile, there is reflection on the production of art in other places. This exhibition is conceived as an essay and deals with the way in which consideration of the making and places of art is reflected in the artworks themselves. 20 international artists will be showing works or working contexts from the last 15 years as well as works newly produced on the occasion of the exhibition, which focus on questions of authorship, the finding of ideas, style, participation, and the relations of the studio and public exhibition locations. 

It is the ‘shadows’ of art – based on a formulation by Roland Barthes –, which are finding their way here into the artwork itself.

Pawel Althamer, Tacita Dean, Katharina Grosse, Bruno Jakob. Christian Jankowski, Yuri Leiderman, Rita McBride, Mai-Thu Perret, Hermann Pitz, Sarah Rossiter, Giorgio Sadotti, Karin Sander, Adrian Schiess, Paul Sietsema, Deb Sokolow, Kathrin Sonntag, Annika Stroem, Elizabeth Wright, Andrea Zittel, and Artur Zmijewski
Curators: Eva Schmidt and Roman Kurzmeyer
Exhibition catalogue, edited by Roman Kurzmeyer, Eva Schmidt

Designed by Studio Manuel Raeder (Santiago da Silva and Manuel Raeder)

Texts (German/English) by Roman Kurzmeyer, Eva Schmidt and artists

256 p with 125 coloured illustrations, 275 x 205 mm, softcover with embossing, ISBN 978-3-86442-070-2

Available at 
Snoeck