First Major Exhibition in the United States of Work by the German Artist

Feb 18, 2003

Rosemarie Trockel: Spleen

Spleen, the first major exhibition in the United States of work by German artist Rosemarie Trockel, opens at Dia Center for the Arts on October 17, with a reception on Wednesday, October 16, from 6 to 8 pm. Spleen runs through June 15, 2003. Exhibition hours during the 2002-2003 season are Wednesday through Sunday, 12 noon to 6 pm. Admission is $6 ($3 for students and seniors and free to Dia members).

For Spleen, Trockel will create a new installation comprising a suite of videos projected onto cantilevered walls. The sculptural walls, made of plates of aluminum, will both consolidate and delineate viewing areas in Dia's 7,000-square-foot gallery. The videos will include, among others, Manu's Spleen I (2000), in which the employment of simple shots and real-time recording produces a calm, measured scene of an open grave, layering memory, reality, and fantasy to contemplate issues of human intimacy; and the short video Manu's Spleen III (2001), a dynamic and surreal scene of several women-one falsely pregnant-laughing together at a party, which alludes to the theme of hysteria. By creating unfamiliar characters with uncertain intentions, Trockel draws on a constellation of emotions to provoke, sometimes humorously, unsettling questions about generally held notions of identity.

Central to Trockel's work is a feminist viewpoint that has proven singular and sustained, flexible and pithy, when employed as a tool for cultural analysis. Through drawing, sculptural knitted works, painting, and textiles, in addition to her extensive work in video and installation, Trockel has explored social convention and stereotyping as vehicles for disguise. Many of her knitted works blend the worlds of politics and decoration, or machine work and handicraft, to recontextualize the meanings of the objects she creates and to rethink the boundaries of such categories.

Rosemarie Trockel
Born in 1952, Trockel lives and works in Cologne, Germany, and has internationally exhibited her work since the 1980s. Trockel's recent solo exhibitions include the Moderna Museet in Stockholm (2001); exhibitions of drawings at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and The Drawing Center, New York City, in 2001; De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art, Tilburg, Netherlands (1999); Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris (1999); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1998); and Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany (1998). Trockel represented Germany at the 1999 Venice Biennale.

Scholar Rebecca Comay will lecture on Trockel's art this fall as part of Dia's Robert Lehman Lectures on Contemporary Art. The lecture will take place at Dia's exhibition facility at 548 West 22nd Street on Thursday, December 12, 2002, at 6:30 pm. For more information the public may call Dia at 212 989 5566.

Exhibition Support
Support for this exhibition has been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Ake Skeppner, and the members of the Dia Art Council.

Dia Art Foundation was founded in 1974. The nonprofit Dia plays a vital role among visual arts institutions nationally and internationally by initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving art projects, and by serving as a primary locus for interdisciplinary art and criticism. In addition to presenting exhibitions and public programming at Dia Center for the Arts in Chelsea, Dia maintains long-term, site-specific projects in the western United States, in New York City, and on Long Island. In May 2003, Dia will open Dia:Beacon, a new museum in Beacon, New York, to house its renowned collection of American and European art of the 1960s and 1970s.

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For additional information or materials contact:
Press Department, Dia Art Foundation, or 212 293 5518

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