Rosmarie Trockel – Fragrant Delight

February 18 – May 27, 2012

WIELS Contemporary art Centre - Av. Van Volxemlaan 354, Brussels

The exhibition Flagrant Delight provides a first general overview of the work of German artist Rosemarie Trockel, who is considered to be one of the major artists of her generation, in Belgium. Through a very personal and subjective approach to avant-garde themes, she proposed an alternative to rigid formalism and expressive painting at the beginning of the 1980s, and thus laid the foundations for what became postmodernism.

Today, a few decades later, the fundamental principles of her practice and work still involve the notions of liberty and going beyond the limits of academicism, conventional associations and knowledge of language, as well as avant-garde forms and symbols.

Trockel’s particular attitude, whereby she clearly refers to the subjective heritage of dadaism and surrealism, allows a special context to be created for an exhibit in Belgium and in Brussels. And yet, her work has been exhibited here very rarely.

This exhibition presents more than one hundred works – ensembles of wool paintings, repetitive ‘cooking plates’, visceral ceramics, foam sculptures and expressive collages – and attempts to provide an overview of Trockel’s approach, based on works and series from the 1980s to the present, as well as others which have been made specially for this occasion. The themes are as varied as her techniques. All of this content is formulated from a precise, poetic and explicitly female perspective.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a major publication that will be published in collaboration with the Kunsthalle Zürich, Museion Bolzano / Bozen and Culturgest, Lissabon.

Image above: Rosemarie Trockel Angel in me, 2008,  Mixed Media,  68 x 92 x 4,8 cm

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Rosemarie Trockel

Childless Figure, 1970/2011

Mixed Media

92 x 134 x 4,8 cm

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Rosemarie Trockel

Exercice de Doigté, 2011

Fabric collage, wool, painted

37,4 x 46,7 cm

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Rosemarie Trockel

Gossip, 2007

Mixed Media

67,5 x 57 x 3,8 cm

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Rosemarie Trockel

Kiss my aura, 2008

Acristall, Metall, Federn

65 x 25 x 25 cm

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Rosemarie Trockel

Nobody will Survive 2, 2008

Mixed Media

68 x 58 x 4,8 cm.

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Rosemarie Trockel

Ohne Titel, 2011

Mixed Media

68 x 92 x 4,8 cm

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Rosemarie Trockel

The courage of Mother Ruth, 2006

Mixed Media

68 x 58 x 4,8 cm

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Rosemarie Trockel

Vacances religieuse, 2008

Mixed Media

68 x 92,2 x 4 cm