Gerwald Rockenschaub. 751C064/045
September 15, 2016 – August 30, 2017
Curator: Kathrin Becker
With Gerwald Rockenschaub’s work 751C064/045, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein continues its series of projects on the urban space, for which contemporary artists are asked to shape the facade of the building on Chausseestraße, using it as a space of intervention. Made of lightfast foils, the new work by the Austrian artist structures the surface of the facade in a color rhythm and can be seen for the period of one year.
Gerwald Rockenschaub (b. 1952 in Linz, living in Berlin), at the beginning of his international career, worked in the field of Neo-Geo painting, which, as a countermovement to Neo-Expressionism, reduced its repertoire to geometric shapes with the aim of separating the work from the individuality of the artist. Consequently, in the late 1980s, Rockenschaub gave up his work with brush and oil paint in order to continue to work with acrylic glass, adhesive foils and industrially produced materials. In this way he creates large-scale works dealing with the history of art and architecture as well as popular culture.
Gerwald Rockenschaub’s works were presented in numerous solo exhibitions, most recently at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2016), at Secession, Vienna (2012) and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2011). In 2008, he presented three large-scale installations at Kunsthalle Bern and was in charge of the first exterior design of Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin. Group exhibitions include Museum der Moderne Salzburg (2015), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2013), Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2012), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2011), mumok, Vienna (2010), Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2010). In 2007, Rockenschaub was represented with several works at documenta 12, in the same year he received the Fred Thieler Prize for Painting. In 1993, together with Andrea Fraser and Christian Philipp Müller he contributed to the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennale. His works are, among others, represented in the collections of mumok, Vienna and of the Fonds national d'art contemporain, Paris.