The More I Draw
Drawing as a Concept for the World
September 5, 2010 − February 13, 2011
Sprawling fantastic worlds, fictitious maps, exuberant, comic-like picture stories, diagrams depicting the knowledge of the world, subconscious doodles that illustrate the soul’s inner workings: Drawing is a spontaneous, sweeping artistic medium through which myriad realities become unfurled.
Drawing is also a medium that directly connects with our everyday experience: Every child draws, every adult scribbles regularly, draws up plans, sketches routes, attempts a portrait or simple chart.
On over 1,400 square meters our overview exhibition The More I Draw in the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen highlighted the tendencies of drawing in contemporary art since the 1960s, focusing on the serial, narrative, descriptive, and mythologizing forms.
The exhibition showed 41 international artists and aims at revealing the definitive role drawing plays in modern art, a role that was conceived by Conceptual Art, which discovered drawing as an original art medium and to a large extent helped to revaluate it through its conceptual traits.
Well-known artists‘ approaches were shown in an historical retrospective, such as Joseph Beuys, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, or Cy Twombly, but also other important illustrators of the following generation, for example Anna Oppermann or Tomas Schmit, among others. A focal point of the exhibition was the actual practice of drawing, visualized by extensive groupings of works and drawing installations by contemporary artists such as Jorinde Voigt, Dan Perjovschi, or Alexander Roob, artists who have expanded drawing as an art form experimentally and through performance.
The artists of the exhibition (in chronological order):
Joseph Beuys, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Cy Twombly, Gerhard Rühm, André Thomkins, Stanley Brouwn, Anna Oppermann, Hanne Darboven, Katharina Meldner, Tomas Schmit, Barbara Camilla Tucholski, Heinz Emigholz, Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Nanne Meyer, Peter Radelfinger, Silvia Bächli, Harald Falkenhagen, Joseph Grigely, Alexander Roob, Raymond Pettibon, Nedko Solakov, Mark Lammert, Dan Perjovschi, Johnny Miller, Dorothea Schulz, Tracey Emin, Claude Heath, Pia Linz, Hannes Kater, Pavel Pepperstein, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, David Shrigley, Chloë Piene, Ryõko Aoki, Christelle Franc, Katrin Ströbel, Ralf Ziervogel, Constantin Luser, Dasha Shishkin, Jorinde Voigt, and Mariusz Tarkawian.
An extensive catalogue was published at the beginning of September. It included an introductory essay by Eva Schmidt and an article by Michel Sauer, next to expositions on the artists and a commentated index by Jan-Philipp Fruehsorge on exhibitions, blogs, publications, etc. dedicated to drawing as a medium.
The exhibition and the accompanying program were generously supported by:
The Governor of the State of NRW, the NRW Art Foundation, the Federal Art Foundation, Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Art Foundation, the Sparkasse Siegen, and the Museum’s Circle of Friends.
The Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen is a culture partner of the WDR.
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