Barbara Thumm Gallery represents Anna Oppermann's (1940 – 1993) estate since the beginning of 2010.
From September 11th to October 30th 2010 Barbara Thumm Gallery will present one of Anna Oppermann´s major "ensembles": "Being an Artist (Drawing from Nature, for Example, Linden Blossom Petals), 1969-1985". This ensemble was shown 1977 in two parts. The main piece was shown at documenta 6, while a further smaller addition was shown at Kunsthalle Hamburg. At gallery Barbara Thumm, these two separate parts were reunited for the first time and reinterpreted in a large format installation by the Anna Oppermann expert Ute Vorkoeper.
In the seventies, Anna Oppermann developed a radical and controversial artistic language. Her intricate assemblages of drawings, photographs and objects grew into large scale overboarding spacial installations for which the artist coined the phrase "ensemble".
The exhibition catalogue to documenta 6 concludes the following to Anna Oppermann's work: "Anna Oppermann's ensembles embody and produce fields of association that emanate from a simple object. To begin with, as an almost arbitrary positing, there is a linden flower bract: the artist draws this leaf and thereby integrates her own physical position – a protruding knee, the jutting edge of a table – into the drawing. This drawing is then photographed, making the drawing and the photograph the first combinatorial level of the ensemble that determines the systematically induced associations: drawing, being a draughtsman, being an artist, art and society, etc. Earlier photographs are incorporated into the higher-level context of larger tableaus, only to revert to being details in later, even more extensive photographs. Oppermann's horror vacui causes the drawn, photographed and quoted details to expand over many years into 'object altars'."
Biographical information to Anna Oppermann:
Anna Oppermann (1940 - 1993) gained international fame during the seventies. She was featured at documenta 6 (1977), at the Venice Biennial in the overview show "Art of the seventies" (1980) as well as documenta 8 (1987).
In 2007/2008 the Württembergische Kunstverein Stuttgart as well as the Generali Foundation in Vienna presented a large retrospective of Anna Oppermann's ensemble art and published an extensive catalogue on her pieces for the first time after the artist's death.
(Text: Galerie Barbara Thumm und artpress)