The message of the material has repeatedly stood at the center of sculptress Silvia Klara Breitwieser’s oeuvre. In the 1970s, as a »thingologist«, she created little terracotta and stoneware monuments (TONTÜCHER, STEINTÜCHER, FOTOTÜCHER [clay cloths, stone cloths, photo cloths]) as a kind of modern archaeology and evidence securing of unnoticed everyday objects. In the 1980s, after clay, stone, and textiles, LANDKARTEN/ BRANDKARTEN (maps/burn charts) took the foreground and then, as a new kind of sculpture material, peat with her TORF-MÖBELN (peat furniture) and TORFMOBILIEN (peat movable assets) and the large TORF-BAUWERKEN (peat constructions) as VEGETATIVE SKULPTUREN (vegetative sculptures). Becoming and passing away, creation and transience have been the central message of the symbolic/pictorial reflection process in Breitwieser’s multimedia works from the late 1980s to this day.
The sculptress created many socially critical exterior installations and extensive interventions in public space that stand in the field of tension between »history and hierarchy«, dialog and confrontation. She regards her art as contemporary testimonies and research; her work is tied to societal reference and memory.
The catalog covers five decades of her artistic production, from 1972 to 2020, including the two retrospective solo exhibitions with texts by Dorothée Bauerle-Willert, Christoph Otterbeck, Barbara Straka, and others.
For solo exhibitions in 2020, see Kunstmuseum der Philipps-Universität Marburg, ZU BODEN GEHEN (Oct. 1, 2020-Jan. 17, 2021) and Kunstverein KunstHaus Potsdam, ESSENZEN (March 1-May 24, 2020).
Silvia Klara Breitwieser’s film documentary RES PUBLICA with a selection of works in public space. Further information can be found at Silvia Klara Breitwieser.
Authorship: Dr. Dorothée Bauerle-Willert, Dr. Christoph Otterbeck, Barbara Straka, Dr. Brigitte Hammer, Dr. Dietmar Kamper, Filip Machač, Dr. Birgit Möckel, Ulrike Oppelt, Christian Schneegass, Dr. Rosa von der Schulenburg, Dr. Stephan von Wiese, Silvia Klara Breitwieser