Claudia Wieser: Generations

Claudia Wieser’s artistic practice draws from history, architecture, and design, and it often plays with senses of time and space.

Influenced by the work of artists who embraced spirituality as part of their aesthetic process—such as Hilma af Klint, Wassily Kandinsky, and Paul Klee—Wieser expands upon their ideas, considering the coexistence of abstraction and physiological experience through her spatial installations. The Berlin-based artist’s distinctive, multifaceted practice includes hand-painted and patterned ceramics, carved wooden sculptures, tiled mirrored works, colored pencil and gold leaf drawings, and site-specific wallpaper with images mined from her vast archive. Wieser splices together images of historic sculpture and architecture, television and film, and found photographs, along with images of her own works, carefully stitching together a constellation of elements that aims to change the visual interpretation of the viewer and give them a vastly new experience.

Claudia Wieser: Generations highlights her first solo traveling exhibition in the United States held at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Smart Museum of Art in 2020 and reveals the last decade of Wieser’s artistic practice, through a selection of significant installations that illuminate her interest in time and the human condition through a combination of processes and materials.

Alongside images of her artworks and installations, this publication features essays by curators Rachel Adams and Jennifer Carty that examine Wieser’s practice in relation to its historical foundations and influences. This volume also contains three interviews conducted by art historians and scholars Maggie Taft, Igor Siddiqui, and Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy, offering a range of perspectives on Wieser’s multidisciplinary practice.


Rachel Adams and Jennifer Carty

Publication date

November 2020



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