18 November 2005 – 19 February 2006


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The Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein presents this comprehensive exhibition, featuring fifty works from 1966 to 2003, as a homage to Fred Sandback and his oeuvre. It is the first museeum exhibition in 20 years in Europe.

Often momentary, elusive, and always absolutely real the Minimalist sculptures by American artist Fred Sandback (1943–2003) create a complex mixture of lines, planes, and volumes that seem astonishingly present and entirely illusory. Colorful acrylic yarns are strung between ceiling, floor, walls, and corners of an exhibition space, giving the viewer occasion to pause, creating magical boundaries and volumes that one is able to traverse. Sharply delineated lines seem like the edges of glass planes, or cause the space to reverberate like the strings of an instrument. Sandback himself referred to his sculptures operating in pedestrian space, acknowledging both the viewer’s movement through a space and as something to be engaged actively. Sandback’s works of art have been correctly described as “nomadic,” his installations happen in the here and now, requiring the viewer to physically and mentally determine a standpoint.

The exhibition was curated by Christiane Meyer-Stoll in close colloboration with Amy Baker Sandback and will tour to the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, the Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, and the capcMusée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux. On the occasion of the exhibition a catalogue will be published in German and English with about 300 illustrations and with essays by Yve-Alain Bois, Thomas McEvilley, Thierry Davila and Christiane Meyer-Stoll, texts and interviews by Fred Sandback, statements on Fred Sandback by Jean-Philippe Billarant, Olafur Eliasson, Virginia Dwan, Heiner Friedrich, Tobias Ostrander, David Rabinowitch, Richard Tuttle, Gianfranco Verna etc. and an extensive chronology.

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Fred Sandback, exhibition view, 2005
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Fred Sandback, exhibition view, 2005
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Fred Sandback, exhibition view, 2005
 Thursday, 17 November 2005, 18 h  
Supporting events:
 Sunday, 4 December 2005, 14 – 16 h   Families

family sunday

for children from 5 to 10 years and their (grand)parents

 Thursday, 15 December 2005, 18 h   Reading

reading pleasure

by Heiderose Hildebrand

 Thursday, 19 January 2006, 18 – 20 h   Workshop

volume, surface, line

space in the work of Fred Sandback, for adults with montessorimaterials

 Saturday, 21 January 2006, 11 – 16 h   Art on Suturday

Fred Sandback - follow the line

with Anette Philp

 Sunday, 29 January 2006, 14 – 16 h   Families

family sunday

for children from 5 to 10 years and their (grand)parents

 Thursday, 9 February 2006, 18 h   Speech

about space

by Hubert Ospelt

 Thursday, 16 February 2006, 18 h   Discussion

Fred Sandback

with Gianfranco Verna and Fred Jahn