There are only a few artists like Rosemarie Trockel, whose works have always been able to retain their ambiguity in the face of great popularity. In a career spanning more than 30 years, encompassing such internationally renowned exhibition events as documenta (1997 and 2012) as well as the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (1999), and which has led the way to the world’s major museums, the artist has succeeded in creating new work complexes, objects and images that are continually surprising. There had already been a great furor in the 1980s surrounding the reception of her wool works, machine knitted woollen fabrics attached to stretchers and then displayed as pictures. In a second group of works she assembled ordinary hotplates on shiny, white, enamelled metal panels. Objects with gender specific connotations were again re-contextualized, as had already occurred in the knitted pictures. These abstract works mainly originate from the 1990s and were the ones that secured Trockel’s place in the history of 20th century art.
Rosemarie Trockel, who participated in the group exhibition Love is Colder than Capital in Bregenz at the beginning of 2013, has created a wide-ranging exhibition under the title Märzôschnee ûnd Wiebôrweh sand am Môargô niana më especially for the Kunsthaus.
The cryptic character of this title in Vorarlberg vernacular consciously creates connections to the region, as do some of the exhibits, which were a result of the artist’s sojourn in the area. Fashion, customs, and specific roles that are assigned socially and by gender are reflected in these works, in which the traditional fabrics of the local Bregenzerwälder festive Tracht are recontextualized.
An additional focus of her Bregenz exhibition will be the presentation of print works, which are being shown in such diversity for the first time. In Peter Zumthor’s spaces that shift between cool elegance and the serenely atmospheric, she is also showing another group of works —sculptures that orientate themselves towards furniture, some of them covered in plastic sheeting that conspicuously deprives them of their customary use.