Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur
Museum d’art dal Grischun Cuira
Museo d’arte dei Grigioni Coira


​Wolfgang Laib. Crossing the River

Wolfgang Laib (*1950, D) is considered to be one of the most important artists of today. His work is characterised by a profound relationship with nature and a declared belief in simplicity. At the same time eastern philosophies from India have shaped his life and his artistic practice since the 1970s. Until today the artist concentrates on just a few cyclical groups of work.

Ever since his journeys to India as a young man the idea inspired him to see humans as part of a largerwhole. He also follows this way of life in his art. Thereby the artist tracks down the universal, the eternal and works with natural materials such as pollen, rice, milk or bees wax. However, he also finds this holistic understanding in our culture. In the juxtaposition between a small mound of colour-intensive pollen and a eucharist casket Wolfgang Laib creates an astonishing relationship. The presentation is in a laid-out field of thousands of rice mounds. As an important foodstuff rice symbolises vitality and is fundamental for our earthly existence. With the temporary installation the artist manifests the spiritual dimension of art and leads us directly to the source of his poetics.

Accompanying the exhibition is a richly illustrated publication by Lars Müller Publishers with text contributions and installation views.

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