Charlotte Posenenske. Work in progress
October 10, 2020 – January 10, 2021
Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean presents Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress. The exhibition traces the evolution of the pioneering work of Charlotte Posenenske (b. 1930, Wiesbaden; d. 1985, Frankfurt am Main) during the years 1956-68, a short but prolific period when she was active as an artist. Presented in the Grand Hall, and across the two upper-floor galleries, the exhibition brings together seminal drawings, paintings, sculpture and wall reliefs, including the artist’s final and most iconic modular works. The exhibition highlights Posenenske’s critical contribution to the development of serial, site-specific and participatory practices. Embracing reductive geometry, seriality and industrial fabrication, Posenenske developed a form of mass-produced minimalism that pointedly addressed the pressing socioeconomic concerns of the decade by circumventing the art market and rejecting established formal and cultural hierarchies.
The artist’s radical approach included not placing a limit on editioned artworks and pricing them according to their production cost. Posenenske’s subversive stance towards artworld conventions was also reflected in a decentralised notion of authorship, perceiving it as a collective endeavour that extended to the manufacturing process and the active participation of the audience or ‘consumers’, who were invited to assemble or manipulate the work. A commitment to exploring the conditions of the social environment ultimately led her to relinquish her profession as an artist, announcing the decision in the tumultuous month of May 1968. Repositioning the concerns of her object-based practice, she retrained as a sociologist, focusing her work on industrial labour.
Charlotte Posenenske (b.1930, Wiesbaden; d. 1985, Frankfurt am Main) has held solo exhibitions at Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf (1967); Galerie Art & Project, Amsterdam (1968). Her work has also been presented within the significant group survey Serielle Formationen, at the University of Frankfurt am Main (1967); ABC Art, Cool Art, Minimum Art, Minimal Art, Primary Structure, Neue Monumente, IMI Art, Galerie René Block, Berlin (1968). She stopped making art altogether in 1968. Since her death in 1985, Charlotte Posenenske’s work has gained renewed attention through solo exhibitions at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (1990); Artists Space, New York (2010); MAMCO, Geneva (2017); Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo (2019) and Documenta 12, Kassel (2007).