Florian Slotawa
STUTTGART SICHTEN - Skulpturen der Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Apr 5th – Jun 16th, 2024
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart

Copyright the artist; Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf; Photo Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

In Florian Slotawa. Viewing Stuttgart the Italian-based Florian Slotawa shows over 50 sculptures from the Staatsgalerie's collection in unusual arrangements. The exhibition is the new staging of the highly successful presentation at Hamburg's Deichtorhallen in 2018. The sculptures serve as his material for a sculptural Gesamtkunstwerk and at the same time provide an epochal overview of the development of sculpture and the Staatsgalerie's 180-year collection history, which stretches from the 14th century to the present day.

On the one hand, Slotawa brings the sculptures into exciting dialogues by staging them according to his own order. On the other hand, as in the case of the Picasso ensemble The Bathers, he reconstructs it from DIY store materials or presents everyday objects in combination with the museum's invaluable sculptures in an entirely natural way. The artist uses the title Viewing Stuttgart in a particularly literal way, by integrating washing machines and a car from iconic Stuttgart manufacturers or beer glasses from local breweries.

I'm interested in bringing the everyday world together with art, because I think that art then becomes more approachable

Florian Slotawa

Copyright the artist; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf; Photo Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

Slotawa expands the concept of sculpture by using traditional sculpture as a starting point for his artistic reinterpretation, which is deeply connected to the tradition of avant-garde awakening.

His central question is: What does sculpture mean today?

About Florian Slotawa

Florian Slotawa is an Italian-based artist who frequently rearranges and recontextualises existing objects.

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