Published by Lars Müller Publishers. Edited with text by Damian Jurt, Stephan Kunz. Text by Wolfgang Laib, Peter Zumthor.
The oeuvre of the German installation artist Wolfgang Laib (born 1950) expresses a deep-seated belief in formal and conceptual simplicity, as informed by his formative life experiences in India and the teachings of the ancient Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu. Laib creates sculptures that connect the past and present, working with perishable organic materials (pollen, milk, wood and rice) as well as durable ones (granite, marble and brass). His most famous works consist of mounds of pollen splayed on museum and gallery floors. This catalog traces the creation of Laib’s recent room-size installation, Crossing the River, for the Bündner Kunstmuseum. Comprising thousands of rice mountains that in part symbolize vitality and abundance, this potent work is discussed at length in the book—particularly in a conversation between Laib and the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. Laib and Zumthor unravel both the technical and spiritual underpinnings of the piece.
Published by Fondazione Merz. Text by Klaus Ottmann, Guy Tosatto, Federico Squarcini.
For his recent show at the Fondazione Merz, German conceptual artist Wolfgang Laib (born 1950) fashioned an installation of hundreds of small rice mountains, a line of small mountains of pollen and a great mountain of beeswax. Laib elucidates the symbolism thus: "The pollen recalls the beginning and creation; the rice mountains and the beeswax Ziggurat and the bond of the sky with the earth."
PUBLISHER Fondazione Merz
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9.25 x 11.75 in. / 136 pgs / 100 color / 40 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 6/30/2010 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2010 p. 125
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788877572431TRADE List Price: $45.00 CDN $55.00
Published by Hatje Cantz. Essays by Philippe Büttner, Katharina Schmidt and Christoph Vitali. Conversations with Ulf Kster and Harald Szeemann.
Wolfgang Laib's extraordinarily concentrated installations are touching in an immediate and fundamental way, perhaps because they also address various levels of early childhood consciousness. Beeswax tunnels are redolent with an overwhelming scent of sweet honey and pollen; powdery piles of pollen are such a luminous yellow that you want to put your hands in them and play. Visitors to the installations are opened up, become aware of the energetic presence of the natural materials shown, and are prepared for a spiritual and intellectual encounter with the work's symbolic content. This retrospective monograph establishes the unique position and great power of Laib's work.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Artwork by Wolfgang Laib. Contributions by Necmi Sonmez.
The silent photographs Wolfgang Laib takes on his travels are perhaps best understood as an attempt to grasp at a fleeting and intangible essence, at the ephemeral, which, according to Laib, is eternal. Many of these images belie a fascination with non-European notions of spirituality, with religions that are embedded in everyday life, with temples and monuments that exert a force in the present. Laib's almost meditative pictures capture the aura of everyday vistas, and often preempt ideas later manifested in his sculptures and installations.
Opposite the Pic du Canigou, the holy mountain of the Catalonians and the last high peak before the Pyrenees descend into the Mediterranean, Wolfgang Laib has created a timeless, sublime space that seems to have grown naturally from the earth. Accessible only by footpath, "The Room of Certitudes" is a rock chamber chiseled out of granite, its walls lined with beeswax, its only opening a simple wooden door. Though the cave itself can only be reached after a long hike, it is here transmitted through the artist's own photographs, in a book of his own design.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Ulrich Krempel.
Wolfgang Laib's breathtaking and quietly beautiful artwork draws on the ritual life he leads in and with nature and its processes of becoming and forgetting. Laib's installations in Belvedere Castle, painstakingly documented in this book, afford access to one of the most privileged and poetical spaces of classic Weimar. Laib transports the space into the present, lending it both a sculptural and an imagistic dimension--the highlights include four wax ships, laid out on a simple support on the ground floor, that look as though they have been put aside for some later voyage whose destination is as yet uncertain. These magnificent works of art constitute some of the finest examples of Laib's ability to evoke the personal and human as well as the transcendental and the sublime.