in THE GÄLLERY – Space for Photography
The exhibition shows over 100 photographs from the holdings of the Sohm Archive. On display are events and actions in which an artistic world comes to life. In the middle of it all we find the US artist Alison Knowles, sometimes as part of a group of actors, sometimes as a solo performer. The view of the events through the camera is exciting: What possibilities does photography have to convey an event that is designed for the short-lived moment? How can artistic processes be explored in their perceptual complexity? The photographic approaches are practical approaches to an art form in which the encounter of media plays a central role.
With the acquisition of the Sohm Archive, the Staatsgalerie has possessed a unique collection on intermedia art since 1981, especially on Fluxus, Happening, Beat, Underground, Viennese Actionism and Concrete Poetry. The beginnings of the archive go back to Hanns Sohm, a dentist who used to live in Münchingen and Markgröningen near Stuttgart. Parallel to the rise of the Fluxus movement, he built up his collection in the 1960s. The focus is on Alison Knowles as a co-founder of Fluxus. Her pieces
»Make a Salad«, »Nivea Cream Piece« or »Newspaper Music« belong to the fixed repertoire of action art. In these and other works, she positions herself in the borderless space between art, music, theatre and poetry.