Simon Wachsmuth researches the blind spots and unexpected epilogues in the grand narratives of history and art history. His works often use archival materials, which stand in dialogue with a vocabulary of minimalistic forms. Monuments and documents, both as motif and notion, reappear in his oeuvre as preserving material carriers capable of becoming integral parts of individual and collective memory. Wachsmuth is interested in these materialisations of memory: by dealing with the cultural (re)constructions of history, he questions the relationship between material traces, museological representations, and forms of their present employment. Wachsmuths’ installations might be compared to loosely knitted nets, in which he recaptures the materials dispersed by the migration of forms and images over time and space.
Simon Wachsmuth (b.1964) studied painting and visual media design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He lives and works in Berlin. His works were included at the documenta 12 in Kassel (2007), Istanbul Biennial (2009), Busan Biennial (2012) as well as at Suzhou Documents in Suzhou/China (2016) and the Macao Biennale (2021) in China. His works have been shown in exhibitions such as Georges Didi-Huberman’s Atlas exhibition at Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid and the ZKM in Karlsruhe, in body luggage, migration of gestures curated by in Zasha Colah at Steirischer Herbst in Graz, Austria as well as in And Berlin Will Always Need You at Gropiusbau in Berlin, curated by Natasha Ginwala und Julienne Lorz. Further his works were shown at the Museo Serralves in Porto, Museé de Valence, CAAC in Sevilla, Neues Museum Nürnberg, Kunsthaus Dresden, the Kunstmuseum Vaduz/Liechtenstein, the Museum for Contemporary Art in Siegen, Museum Belvedere in Vienna, Marino Marini Museum in Florence and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudegno and the Egyptian Museum in Turin.
- That Pause of Space
- Recurrence 2
- Some Descriptive Acts