“Forms Larger and Bolder”
There are artists who, as personalities, I find super-interesting, but with whose oeuvre, for reasons I can’t really explain to even myself, I seem unable to really connect. To a certain extent, this inability includes the works of the painter and sculptor Eva Hesse. Nevertheless, I like the current cross-sectional exhibition through her drawings and sketches at mumok. The "Forms Larger and Bolder", as Hesse calls her "mechanical drawings" in a letter to Sol LeWitt, seem playful and open, experimentally searching for new forms, as if they were not meant for the public (and maybe they weren't). Sketches and studies for sculptural works are also part of the show - though those who hope for an Eva Hesse exhibition in the classical sense, will be disappointed, for not one sculpture is part of the ensemble. However, "Forms Larger and Bolder" offers a new and more differentiated approach to this artist’s work, which despite her untimely death is still highly influential today, and one should really not miss this small but very fine exhibition.
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Header, 1: Ausstellungsansicht “Forms Larger and Bolder”: EVA HESSE ZEICHNUNGEN mumok–Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, 2020, Photo: Klaus Pichler © mumok
2: Eva Hesse “No title”, 1969, Ink on paper, 22.5 ×14.9 cm, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH. Gift of Helen Hesse Charash, 19220.127.116.11© The Estate of Eva Hesse. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth
3: Eva Hesse “No title”, 1962, Collage, crayon and graphite on paper, 23.8 × 30.6 cm, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH. Gift of Helen Hesse Charash, 1982.102.25© The Estate of Eva Hesse. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth