• Rosemarie Trockel An Exhibition by IFA


24 August 2015 – 18 September 2015
Timing: 10 am – 6 pm Monday – Friday, by appointment only on Saturday and Sunday

Featured Artist

In association with Apeejay Arts the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan and IfA are delighted to present Rosemarie Trockel. The exhibition is part of a series of monographic exhibitions in the ifa-program that includes Sigmar Polke, Georg Baselitz and Gerhard Richter. Against the backdrop of an art scene that has been largely male-dominated, even into the 1980s, Rosemarie Trockel persistently formulates counter positions in which she confronts the male artist-genius with feminine roles and subject matter. The varied groups of works reflect her standpoint within a decidedly feminine artistic realm that is unstinting in its fundamental critique of the prevailing art system. Despite the artist’s critical stance the works that encounter the viewer are lively, highly imaginative conceptual constructs and vivid, convincing artistic creations. Rosemarie Trockel does not develop her work in a linear manner, but prefers to take intentionally circuitous artistic paths. With a thoroughly deconstructive method, she places every answer, once found, again in question, or even takes the answer back. The uninitiated observer might therefore find her work heterogeneous and, at first, not easily accessible. And yet a finely woven web of associations is spun around each group of works in which the motifs, once formulated, undergo manifold variations in different media over the years and so decipher themselves. In her works, traditional and new visual media make astonishing connections for the viewer over and again. This is particularly evident in the ink, charcoal, pencil, collaged or computer drawings, which have an important place in her oeuvre. Drawings accompany each new phase of work both as trial runs and as sketches noting observations and ideas but they also form an independent body of work. Along with the videos, this exhibition puts special emphasis on this medium.


Rosemarie Trockel

Rosemarie Trockel was born in Schwerte, Germany in 1952. She studied in the Werkkunstschule in Cologne until 1978. Trockel’s oeuvre is diverse in themes and mediums, which include works on paper, ‘knitted paintings’ and sculptures. Though it is difficult to associate a particular style with her work, several concurrent themes can be identified within her oeuvre, such as the female role in society, the trademarks and symbols as social signifiers and decorations and finally, her fascination with ethnographic and scientific studies, which are often expressed through her sculptures. Trockel has become best known for her machine-generated ‘knitted paintings’–knitted woolen material placed on a stretcher–in which she challenges traditional notions of painting, feminine roles in society and culture at large, as well as art making itself.