It’s as if the devastation of the latest hurricane can be observed in the lab: Three massive tree roots lie across a sterile-looking white display room. Kunstverein Hannover – sawn logs with shaggy roots. Flanked by two barn window shutters, shutters are on the walls. “Hurricane Harvey” is the name of the new work of the Kunstverein Museum Hannover, and is an example of how Christian Mobbs works. Curator Kathleen Rahn explains, “A lot of times, Christian Maupus has such an offset, or you twist things and look at them again from another side and suddenly something completely different comes out of them,” adding, “Great poetry and at the same time it is work but very physical.” also “.
Stuffed animals are often part of Möbus’ artwork
Discovering something one would not suspect and then comparing it to a poetic title is a recurring principle in the work of the artist born in Celle in 1947. The old professor at HBK Braunschweig and UdK Berlin frequently uses stuffed animals. “Kisses from the King” is the name of the work taken from the hovering noughties at the Sprengel Museum, the site of the second exhibition: a five-meter-tall stuffed giraffe.
Childhood in the country as an inspiration
Does your inspiration come from your youth? “I lived in the country and had nothing else around me. You have to think about it, I was born in 1947, what would you have experienced when you were in the country! You can’t leave either. So I have everything I realize there, notice what was possible Of course, my parents also explained a lot of that to me, but in particular I made my own observations and drew conclusions from them,” says Christian Mobbs of her childhood notes, which often serve as inspiration for her artwork in the service.
Exhibited from the seventies until today
A stuffed crocodile on a pile of bags, stuffed crows that seem to play with stone balls as big as their own, and a coat made partly out of foliage – exhibits range from the early 1970s to the present double display. On more than 2000 square meters of exhibition space, Kunstverein Hannover and das The Sprengel Museum houses large-scale sculptures, photographs, installations, and a cross-section of the work of Christian Maupus
Sand Curator: Mobs Set Standards Early
“It is certainly a form of individual attitude. However, this is of course an evolution of sculpture, which developed in the 1980s, as people approached sculpture differently, for example by making objects out of everyday objects and sculptures from them. It has evolved further in relation to the art of Object. She is someone who set the standards very early on,” says curator Gabrielle Sand of the Sprengel Museum.
And some of their old work is eerily up-to-date: bales of straw, for example, stacked on two lifeboats titled Save Yourself Who Can, black tulle that bulges behind the trucker’s cabin like exhaust fumes from the truck, title: “Snow White.” As if through the floors, one can wander through the complete works of Christian Maupus, generously placed in both exhibition locations. The unconventional titles give her works a refreshing drive to think outside the box, see the world and things in it in a new way – and think.
“Christian Mobbs. Sideways through the North Pole” in Hannover
Double Show on Her 75th Birthday: The Sprengel Museum and Kunstverein Hannover display the work of Christian Maupus.
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