Charlotte Posenenske, Rasterbild (Grid Picture), 1957. © Estate of Charlotte Posenenske. Cortesia d'Estate of Charlotte Posenenske, Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Peter Freeman, Nova York i Take Ninagawa, Tòquio.

Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress, MACBA, Barcelona: 18 October 2019-8 March 2020

The exhibition, the first major monographic exhibition dedicated to the German artist in Spain, brings to the fore German artist Charlotte Posenenske.

The exhibition brings together the first drawings and paintings, aluminum reliefs, and well-known modular sculptures created by German artist Charlotte Posenenske.

Using construction materials, serial repetition and industrial manufacturing, Posenenske developed a form of mass production that responded to the social and economic concerns of her time, avoiding the art market and rejecting conventional formal and cultural hierarchies. Her modular sculptures allowed the "consumer" - exhibition curator, spectator or owner - to decide and change the configuration of the installation according to their preferences, which meant yielding authorship, at least in part, to others. 

This opening was also reflected in the fact that Posenenske intended her works to be replicable and did not restrict them to a limited edition. She also blew up the economic imperative of the art market by putting them on sale at the price of their face value. 

Although Posensenke maintained an intense exhibition activity during the years in which she worked as an artist - along with colleagues like Hanne Darboven, Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt - her contribution to the discourse of minimalism and conceptualism remains widely unknown. This retrospective constitutes the most thorough exploration of Posenenske's work since her passing and recovers the artist's legacy as a clairvoyant critical voice in the world of contemporary art.

MACBA

Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona

Charlotte Posenenske, Rasterbild (Grid Picture), 1957. © Estate of Charlotte Posenenske. Cortesia d'Estate of Charlotte Posenenske, Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Peter Freeman, Nova York i Take Ninagawa, Tòquio.
Charlotte Posenenske, Rasterbild (Grid Picture), 1957. © Estate of Charlotte Posenenske. Cortesia d'Estate of Charlotte Posenenske, Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Peter Freeman, Nova York i Take Ninagawa, Tòquio.
Charlotte Posenenske, Square Tubes: Series D, 1967/2010, a l’exposició "Sota la superfície", Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2017. Foto: La Fotogràfica.
Charlotte Posenenske, Square Tubes: Series D, 1967/2010, a l’exposició "Sota la superfície", Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2017. Foto: La Fotogràfica.
Charlotte Posenenske, Reliefs Serie C (Reliefs Series C), 1967. © Estate of Charlotte Posenenske, Frankfurt. Foto: Bill Jacobson Studio, Nova York. Cortesia de Dia Art Foundation, Nova York.
Charlotte Posenenske, Reliefs Serie C (Reliefs Series C), 1967. © Estate of Charlotte Posenenske, Frankfurt. Foto: Bill Jacobson Studio, Nova York. Cortesia de Dia Art Foundation, Nova York.
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