Lea Lublin: Retrospective

Cat. Lenbachhaus München

Exhibition catalogue, ed. by Stephanie Weber and Matthias Mühling
texts (German/English) by Monika Bayer-Wermuth, Thibault Boulvain, Catherine Francblin, Isabel Plante, Pierre Restany, Teresa Riccardi, Stephanie Weber and an interview by Jerôme Sans as well as the texts of the artist
352 p with 200 coloured illustrations
230 x 165 mm, half-cloth

ISBN 978-3-86442-128-0

(out of print)

Lea Lublin, nearly unknown, yet discovered

At the age of 12, Lea Lublin (*1929 in Poland, †1999 in Paris) joined at the Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires; in 1968 she exhibited herself for three weeks alongside her 8 months old son in a Parisian museum; two years later one of her paintings was confiscated in Argentina and Lublin was charged with three months of probation for public indecency. In her exhibition »The Striptease of the Jesus Child« at Yvon Lambert's Paris-based gallery, Lublin inquired into the underlying eroticism in Christian painting. On the tracks of Marcel Duchamp in Buenos Aires, Lublin purloined the French artist's former letterbox as a piece of evidence for her theory of the ready-made . These are but some of the fascinating moments within the life and art of this Argentine-French artist whose work is still largely ­unknown to a broader international audience. Lublin's rigorous examination of the image as an ideological ­construct and her postulate for a more active role of the viewer continues to be of acute relevance until today. The expansive catalogue which accompanies the exhibition encompasses information on Lublin's entire career and production in all mediums spanning a period of more than three decades. Several essential chapters in the artist’s trajectory such as the abandonment of painting in favour of environments and actions, the use of dialogue as an art form, the deconstruction of art historical imagery and the inquiry into Marcel Duchamp’s sojourn in Buenos Aires find particular attention in the publication.

Kunstbau Lenbachhaus München, 25/6–13/9/2015