Working predominantly in the 1970s and '80s, Anna Oppermann rigourously questioned what it means to be an artist. Her philosophical stance and performative approach to artmaking was remarkably prescient. She freely extended works over several iterations continually restaging and reviving originals into new configurations and mutable filiations. What she called "ensembles" are fragmented "still life" assemblages of photographs, paper scraps, notes, drawings, photographic canvases and objects, often displayed on and around low, altar-like podiums.
Anna Oppermann (1940-1993) exhibited over 60 ensembles in her lifetime. She began to exhibit in the early 1970s and had her first comprehensive retrospective in 1984. She participated in documenta 6 and documenta 8, and in Venice and Sydney biennales during the 1980s. In 2007, a major exhibition of key ensembles and comprehensive publication were produced by the Wurttembergischer Kunstverien, Stuttgart and the Generali in Vienna. A limited number of catalogues will be available for sale in the Gallery bookstore.