The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents OP DE WIND GESCHREVEN / WRITTEN ON THE WIND – Drawings by Lawrence Weiner, the first major exhibition devoted to works on paper by Lawrence Weiner (b. 1942, Bronx, New York), one of the most culturally engaged artists of our time. The exhibition is organized by the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), where it premiered earlier this year, and co-produced with the Stedelijk Museum.
WRITTEN ON THE WIND (21 Sep 2013 - 5 Jan 2014) comprises an extensive survey of nearly 300 drawings produced over a fifty-year period. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the artist’s remarkable trajectory in drawing— from cartoons, notebooks, and otherwise unseen working material and sketches, together with formal works on paper. The exhibition is narrated by his gestural graphics, leading the viewer into the sensibility of Weiner’s oeuvre. Many works contain his initial thoughts and ideas that are often seen transformed into the artists sculptural works using language. Drawing is at the origin and underlines his entire production; the exhibition itself is organized as if it were a drawing in and of itself, as the exhibition has been composed by the artist in a specially designed architectural installation for the Stedelijk’s monumental lower-level gallery space in the new wing.
One of the central figures associated with the emergence and foundations of Conceptual art in the 1960s, Weiner remains one of the most significant artists working today.
Leader music by Lawrence Weiner: Spiritus et Materia - Monsters from the Deep, 1997
Thanks to: Lawrence Weiner, Rixt Hulshoff Pol, Stefanie Metsemakers
Interviews & research: Fieke Tissink, Eline Timmer
Camera & editing: Maaike Sips
Production: Bobcat Media (c) 2013