Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos
Opens: 13/02/2013 Closes: 07/04/2013 Serpentine Gallery, LondonAlexander Humboldt's bookish 19th-century attempt to chronicle the natural universe in his text Kosmos forms a bedrock for this show. It's the German artist's personal cabinet of curiosity, replete with zoological objects, her own hugely varied works (often bordering on craft - see her knitted paintings) and those of other artist/ makers from across the centuries. For more information visit: http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2011/03/rosemarie_trockel_a_cosmos.html Buy: http://www.serpentinegallery.org/aboutus.html
Evening Standard“Deeply serious and playfully ironic at once...” Given Trockel’s diverse work, a chronological career trawl would be nonsensical. Instead, it’s like a vast, three-dimensional sketchbook — a stimulating experience, where nature and artifice, scientific fact and creative fantasy blend...
The Observer“The Serpentine as you have never seen it...” Dramatic but inscrutable, beautiful but dark, alarming but sporadically uninvolving. If such an object existed it could appear here as emblem of this show: namely, a curate's egg...
Guardian“I am alarmed and puzzled at every turn...” She seems to have several very different artists inside her and, rather than seeking a reconciliation, wants to watch them fight it out. What a strange cosmos this is – and how rewarding...
The Independent“Her range is baffling...” The experience of visiting this exhibition is akin to wandering around the attic of an eccentric relative whose fetishes span 19 century blown-glass jelly-fish and dismembered mannequins...
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