08 February – 28 April 2013

Kiki Smith. Seton Smith. Tony Smith

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Three artists, one family. Tony Smith (1912–1980), the 100th anniversary of whose birth was in 2012, is regarded as one of the most important sculptors of the 1960s.

Having initially worked as an architect, at the age of fifty he turned to the medium of sculpture. In 1962 he made "Die", the first autonomous cube in the history of sculpture. Until his death in 1980, he produced an extensive sculptural oeuvre. Tony Smith also did numerous paintings in the non-figurative tradition. This retrospective exhibition presents not only Smith’s sculptural work but also, for the first time in Europe, his paintings and his architecture, in the form of models and drawings.

Tony Smith’s daughters Kiki Smith (born 1954) and Seton Smith (born 1955) are also artists whose works exhibit subtle links with those of their father.

“Our home was his studio, where we were taught about the ‘integrity of scale’ from his maquettes, drawings, and sculptures.”

Kiki Smith’s early works date from the 1980s, emerging from the feminist environment of the New York art scene. She is known today for an oeuvre (sculptures, glass paintings, tapestries, among other things) in which she gives figurative expression to fabulous interwoven complex worlds. She explores the impact of traditional symbols, images and signs by entwining cultural-historical (re)- interpretations of motifs and materials with new meanings.

Seton Smith chose the medium of photography and began to photograph architecture at an early age. Her artistic intention is to dissolve the links between architectonic form and concrete function. She is interested in examining architectural structures that influence and shape our thinking.

The exhibition is a production of Kunsthalle Bielefeld, curated by Friedrich Meschede. The show, containing more than 120 exhibits, has been installed at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in close collaboration with the Tony Smith Estate and the two artists.
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Exhibition view Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
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Exhibition view Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
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Exhibition view Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
Opening
 Thursday, 7 February 2013, 18 h Vernissage 
Guided tour
 Wednesday, 21 March 2012, 18 h with Denise Rigaud 
 Thursday, 25 April 2013, 18 h Guided tour with Christiane Meyer-Stoll 
Supporting events:
 Wednesday, 20 February 2013, 15 – 17 h   Schools and Museum

Kiki Smith. Seton Smith. Tony Smith: Einführung für Lehrpersonen aller Schulstufen   

with Christina Jacoby

 Thursday, 21 February 2013, 18 h   Speech

Die Geburt der Minimal Art aus dem Geist der Architektur   

by Philip Ursprung, in German

 Thursday, 21 February 2013, 20 h   Museum Filmclub

Frank Lloyd Wright   

a movie by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, USA, 1998, 146'

 Tuesday, 26 February 2013, 17 – 19 h   Schools and Museum

Kiki Smith. Seton Smith. Tony Smith: Einführung für Lehrpersonen aller Schulstufen   

with Christina Jacoby

 Thursday, 28 February 2013, 12:30 – 13 h   Take Away

Kiki Smith. Seton Smith. Tony Smith   

Short guided tour during the lunch break

 Sunday, 3 March 2013, 11 – 12 h   One Hour

Kiki Smith. About fabulous creatures and saints   

with Christiane Meyer-Stoll

 Wednesday, 6 March 2013, 18 – 20 h   Schools and Museum

Kiki Smith. Seton Smith. Tony Smith: Introduction for teachers of all levels   

with Christina Jacoby

 Sunday, 10 March 2013, 14 – 17 h   Families

Family Afternoon   

A sunday excursion into the world of art

 Thursday, 21 March 2013, 14 – 16 h   "Art 60+special"

Three artists, one family   

with Barbara Redmann

 Sunday, 7 April 2013, 11 – 12 h   One Hour

Three artists, one family. From abstraction to figuration   

with Christiane Meyer-Stoll

 Thursday, 18 April 2013, 18 h   Speech

Smog, Smug, St. John's Rotary und die Autofahrt-Anekdote: Gedanken zu Werken von Tony Smith   

by Raimund Kummer, in German

 Sunday, 21 April 2013, 14 – 17 h   Families

Family Afternoon   

A sunday excursion into the world of art

 Thursday, 25 April 2013, 12:30 – 13 h   Take Away

Kiki Smith. Seton Smith. Tony Smith   

Short guided tour during the lunch break