We are all Astronauts
Universe of Buckminster Fuller as reflected in contemporary art

03.02.2012 – 06.05.2012

The work of Richard Buckminster Fuller has always fascinated not only architects and urban planners but also countless renowned contemporary artists. The Documenta participant Ai Weiwei and the artists Björn Dahlem and Tomas Saraceno are just some of the many who reflect Buckminster Fuller as a key figure of the twentieth century in their work.

An exhibition in cooperation with the MARTa Herford

Thirteen years after the Zeppelin Museum devoted a solo exhibition to this great visionary, we are now showing an exhibition that portrays Fuller’s thinking and work as reflected in contemporary art. Originally conceived by the Marta Herford, the exhibition has been newly arranged for the Zeppelin Museum with 19 artists.

The works of art in the exhibition demonstrate in a striking way how the ideas and visions of a single mind can be updated time and again over the decades and enriched with new ideas. Buckminster Fuller was a legend even in his lifetime. In his honour, even a certain array of carbon molecules was bestowed with his name – the so-called Fullerene. The urban planner, architect and visionary was obsessed with the idea of a perfect architectonic form. This he believed he had found in the geodesic domes, spherical domes with a triangular substructure, that he designed. This structure has been taken up by many of the artists in the exhibition. For example, in the kinetic sculpture “Untitled (Dodecahedron = Icosahedron)” (1999) by Attila Csörgős or in the installation of Tomás Saraceno, who makes the Fullerene the smallest detail of his flying architectures.

The search for a groundbreaking construction principle was for Fuller fundamentally bound with the search for a utopia of modern building. A search that he pushed through uncompromisingly and against all fashion and trends, hostility and criticism. As a result of this resistiveness of thinking and of the utopian potential of his ideas, Fuller has exercised a strong appeal among contemporary artists down to the present day. Information on them is vividly presented in the exhibition.

Participating artists:
Attila Csörgő, Björn Dahlem, José Dávila, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Andreas Feininger, Florian Graf, Franka Hörnschemeyer, Lucas Lenglet, David Maljkovic, Hermann Maier Neustadt, N55, Tobias Putrih, Pedro Reyes, Tomás Saraceno, Albrecht Schäfer, Kai Schiemenz, Kerstin Stoll, Ai Weiwei, Beat Zoderer.



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