Die Blaue Blume



Grazer Kunstverein

Production specifics
Koproduktion steirischer herbst & Grazer Kunstverein

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von Muzeum Sztuki, Lódz

At the beginning of the twentieth century, artistic avant-gardes demonstrated that new awareness gives rise to new forms. Some assumed that this process is reversible: from distribution of a form to new general awareness. The construction of a new understanding of space as an allegory of work on a new reality. But when do forms become authoritarian ornaments? Formalisms that organise common mind-sets so as to choreograph society as a mass?

“The Blue Flower” constitutes a quiet space in the festival, made up of some old and some new artistic works that seek utopia in form and that recognise a yearning for a different reality in abstraction.

The starting-point for this essayistic space-ensemble is the attempt to create a carpet, following in the vein of a graphic design by Bauhaus artist Anni Albers. What remains of the idea embodied by this design? Is there a representation of the self beyond its status as social capital?

Albers’ carpet and the works surrounding it open up their own angles on the complex connection between formal questions and the desire for a good life, the search for the blue flower.

Kuratorin / Kurator: Sören Grammel
Künstlerin / Künstler / Gruppe: Katarsina Kobro
Künstlerin / Künstler / Gruppe: Hilary Lloyd
Künstlerin / Künstler / Gruppe: Vaclav Pozarek
Künstlerin / Künstler / Gruppe: Lasse Schmidt Hansen
Künstlerin / Künstler / Gruppe: Juliane Solmsdorf
Künstlerin / Künstler / Gruppe: Florian Roithmayr