7 FEBRUARY 2012 – 30 APRIL 2013

Ariane Forkel, Casanovas Kabinett, 2006 (Detail)

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Courtesy Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, Photo: Hans-Joachim Becker

In the Name of Love

Love was and is one of the principal themes in art. Humans have a need to express love, and the pain of love, in a tangible form. Literature, music, paintings and sculptures created over the centuries are testimony of their never-ending attempts. The exhibition at the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung dealt with the many facets of love from a very special perspective: not only the bright, the welcome part of love is explored, but so is its hidden, secretive, and dark side. And all this is expressed using a material that is seldom seen in art displays. On show were 30 objects created by 26 artists from around the world who work mainly with glass and mixed media.

Exhibition Venue
Karl-Theodor-Str. 27
80803 Munich


Kate Baker, Untitled (Hayley), 2009

Courtesy Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, Photo: Hans-Joachim Becker

Glass as A Material in Art

Glass is one of the areas of interest Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, which likes to pick up the unusual. Glass in art has been around for a long time. One example are the purposeless vases of Emile Gallé or Daum. With the studio glass movement, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, glass as a material underwent a dramatic change: away from decorative, bound forms such as vases or bowls, towards ambiguous statements. The medium of glass had developed – unnoticed by many – into an independent field in art.

Simone Fezer, Rooted/Verwurzelt, 2009

Courtesy Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, Photo: Hans-Joachim Becker

The Facets of Love in the Exhibition

The exhibition showed objects by internationally known artists, but also young and in Europe still unknown talents could be discovered. Especially they use the material glass carefree in combination with other materials such as branches, fabrics, photographs or wire mesh to feel the light and dark sides of love. Like, for example, the wings of the young Canadians Tanya Lyons & Mathieu Grodet sewn together from many pieces. They conveyed the high spirits that love can trigger, but also made one think of the danger of getting burned.

In the “land of poets and thinkers”, complicated themes still seemed to be a concern for artists at the time of the exhibition. They were represented in large numbers from the north of Germany to the south with emotionally haunting works. The works drastically demonstrate the cruel power of love to destroy hearts (Ariane Forkel) or even tear them out (Simone Fezer). The smoothly polished red couple by Franz X. Höller standing next to each other made it clear in the exhibition that love in partnership makes demands and compromises shape the good partnership. Touching aspects of the very special affection of siblings were revealed by the objects of Christiane Budig and Sibylle Peretti.

The specific love relationship between mother and child is one of the predominant themes of the large disturbing sculptures by Christina Bothwell (USA). At the same time, they hint at the danger of too much love, which – represented as an octopus – engulfs and crushes everything. The glass HI virus thematizes one of the dark sides of sexual and partnership love and in this context also reminds us of charity in dealing with the sick (Luke Jerram). Objects came from Israel and New Zealand, as well as from China and Japan. Lino Tagliapietra, the great and revered teacher of many artists, deals with the love of home in the form of profoundly colored reflections in the water of Venice.

With works by:

Kate Baker

Christina Bothwell

Christiane Budig

José Chardiet

Katherine Coleman

Mel Douglas

Steven Easton

Simone Fezer

Ariane Forkel

Mathieu Gordet

Guan Donghai

Franz Xaver Höller

Luke Jerram

Gina Jones

Dafna Kaffeman

Marta Klonowska

Silvia Levenson

Li Zhenning

Tanya Lyons

Masayo Odahashi

Sibylle Peretti