Until September 18,2016, the Lenbachhaus will be exhibiting artwork by the American artist Rochelle Feinstein. The exhibition entitled “I MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE,” shows artwork from the 1990s until the present day. The artworks and art projects share Rochelle Feinstein’s thoughts about her surroundings and the world in which she lives.
In her Love Vibe series, Rochelle Feinstein focuses on what New Yorkers say to each other when they see an artist’s artwork. The art pieces are large but the words are all cropped so that you get to see only a portion of the phrase, “Love your work.” What phrase would Germans use at an art exhibition that would be equivalent to “Love your work”?
According to the Lenbachhaus curator, Germans would be loudly critical of the exhibition logistics rather than the art. One journalist sort of proved this point when she commented about the location of the text associated with one painting. “How are people to know what the art is about?” the head curator started explaining how modern art can be enjoyed at different levels but, the journalist stopped him. “I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about how should the people know that the artwork belongs to this description on the other wall.”
This made me laugh because I understood her practical German brain. I’m constantly looking for the plaques to describe artwork and understood that the distance between the trilogy on the wall and the description would not benefit the art piece. I understood that for visual purposes, it was better that the reading material be on a side wall. For practical purposes (ie sharing information), it was better if the writing was near the art piece so you could immediately read about the art.
Ideally, this whole issue would be resolved by requiring everyone take an audio tour which used augmented reality so that when you looked at a painting, the audio for that painting would start and the viewer would have the explanation of the artwork. No reading, no worrying about where the plaque should be located and nothing competing with the artwork. The walls would be without numbers, without signs. If someone absolutely needs to read something, they could buy the catalogue or download a PDF version to flip through on their ipad. (This is my geeky nerdy techie self shining through. Disregard this paragraph if you are a traditionalist with no interest in technology in a museum.)
Rochelle Feinstein artwork ” I MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE,” combines audio, video and paintings. The installation focuses on the fall of Michael Jackson. You can see to the left of the photo an image that says Auditorium. The two sections above this word are Michael Jackson’s name covered up. (Read more about “I made a terrible Mistake.”)
When the financial crisis hit the US, Rochelle Feinstein decided to use the materials and artwork that she had in her possession to create new works which she then catalogued recording what materials she used for each art piece.
If you are a working artist, you will immediately understand morphing old work into new pieces. The curator told us that at the time, Rochelle Feinstein was merging two storage spaces and her studio was overflowing with work. This fact along with current events at the time, ignited the idea to create the Estate of Rochelle F project using “assets’ with unrealised potential.” (This will now be the byline of my personal blog.)
If you have never been to the Lenbachhaus, you can find it at Luisenstr. 33. Tickets are 10 Euro for adults and free for anyone under 18. You have until September but you know how life is in Munich, you better go now before the holidays start. Once you leave for vacation and start vegetating on a beach somewhere, you will forget all about Rochelle and her American opinions. If you go and see her, you may understand my humour a little more and that is well worth an hour of your time and ten bucks.