Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress

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'Vierantrohre (Square Tube)', Series D (1967-2018). Charlotte Posenenske
Foto: Estate of Charlotte Posenenske. Foto: Dr. Burkhard Brunn, Frankfurt am Main. Courtesy Estate of Charlotte Posenenske and Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin

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This first monographic exhibition dedicated to Charlotte Posenenske presents an in-depth look at the practice of the German artist between 1956 and 1968, a short but intense period, when she was active in making art. Her work moves between minimalism and conceptualism, participatory art, performance, social practice and institutional criticism. The exhibition brings together her first drawings and paintings (her earliest experiments with mark making), aluminium wall-reliefs, and her last and best-known modular sculptures. The exhibition includes both the original prototypes of these modular sculptures as well as newly fabricated elements.

In a statement of principles in the form of a manifesto published in 1968, Posenenske said: 'The things I do are changeable, as simple as I can make them, reproducible. They are components of a space because they are like building elements, they can always be redistributed into new combinations or positions, and in this way alter the space. These alterations correspond to the consumer, who participates, again and again, in the process of creation.' In that same year, Posenenske abandoned her artistic career to devote herself to sociology, specialising in the study of work and industrial production.

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