April 15 – October 9, 2022
On the occasion of the centenary of the premiere of the Triadic Ballet by Oskar Schlemmer in Stuttgart, the exhibition Moved by Schlemmer at the State Gallery Stuttgart explores the reasons for the enduring fascination of this extraordinary artistic synthesis and Schlemmer’s enduring relevance for contemporary art.
Schlemmer’s carefully preserved original figurines are embedded in large-scale installations by three contemporary artists, who confront them with their own artistic questions. The sculpture ensemble Handles by Haegue Yang offers a contemporary perspective on Schlemmer’s preoccupation with humans as machines. The six sculptures with wall, floor, and sound components can be interpreted as hybrids of human and technical beings. In Handles, Yang continues her previous exploration of the Triadic Ballet, combining the ideas of Schlemmer’s stage costumes with 3D open source drawings of doorknobs and geometric movement patterns after George Gurdjieff (1866-1949). In addition, the sculptures are placed in an (inter-Korean) political context through sound and musical activations.
On the first Sunday of every month, Haegue Yang’s sculptures are set in motion three times a day. Accompanied by the musical piece Images (1968) by Isang Yun, a quartet for flute, oboe, violin, and cello, the activation highlights the performative aspects of Handles.
Next activations: September 4 and October 2 | 11 AM, 1 PM, and 4 PM
For more information, please visit Staatsgalerie Stuttgart's webpage.