BIELEFELD—Arturo Herrera creates site-specific work for the Kunsthalle Bielefeld in a major group exhibition, For the Time Being: Wall Paintings, Painted Walls, open through October 20, 2013.
During the late 1960s murals were regarded as a sign of rebellion against the art market, since the works could not simply be sold. Today, temporary wall paintings and installations are an integral component of the art world. That artists continue to pursue the process of working with spaces outside the bounds of the classic painting—“opting out of the painting,” as Laszlo Glozer observed about twentieth-century art—shows the explosive force of this groundbreaking art form.
Our exhibition, titled For The Time Being, starts with the reconstruction of outstanding works from the 1960s and ‘70s by Sol LeWitt, Richard Tuttle, and Blinky Palermo. Spanning an arc to the present day, works of abstract, figurative, and textual art by Ernst Caramelle, Jimmie Durham, Douglas Gordon, Arturo Herrera, Imi Knoebel, Michel Majerus, Gordon Matta-Clark, Dan Perjovschi, Kay Rosen, Bridget Riley, Ulrich Rückriem, Kilian Rüthemann, Karin Sander, Thomas Schütte, Anri Sala, Josh Smith, Rinus Van de Velde, Alexander Wagner, Kara Walker, Lawrence Weiner, and Richard Wright have been realized directly on the walls. The Kunsthalle, where freestanding walls are a dominant part of the architecture, provides extraordinary conditions for this special exhibition. In addition, Otto Herbert Hajek’s Farbweg (Color Path) in the stairwell to the Studio Gallery is a mural that has graced our building since 1971.
For the Time Being is a collaborative project involving the two Kunsthalles in Bielefeld and Baden-Baden, which are both showing parallel exhibitions devoted to the mural in contemporary art (For the Time Being: What’s Hidden behind the Plaster, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, July 20-October 27, 2013). Walther König is publishing an extensive catalogue in conjunction with the two shows.
The exhibition, which runs from August 4–October 20, 2013, is sponsored by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the Kulturstiftung pro Bielefeld. More information can be found here: http://www.kunsthalle-bielefeld.de/index.php/ausstellungen/auf-zeitwandbilderbildwande04-08-1320-10-13/?lang=en
Image: Installation view of Arturo Herrera, Front (green) and Front (yellow), 2013, wall works for the Kunsthalle Bielefeld. Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer