Exhibition Dates: 1st April – 28th May 2016
Five Problems is a series of sculptures that relate formally to Vexier (or disentanglement) puzzles, thought to originate in the ‘wisdom games’ of Song Dynasty-era China. These conundrums, involving freeing and attaching puzzle parts, come in a variety of materials including string, metal and wood with their appeal deriving from their apparent insolvability. In Five Problems, Eva Grubinger enlarges and reworks such brainteasers, locating them on the floor, walls and ceiling. Being too heavy to manipulate, the ‘problems’ become mental ones, calisthenics for the brain.
About: Eva Grubinger
Eva Grubinger lives and works in Berlin. She has had solo shows at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (2001); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2003); Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (2004); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main (2007); Museum der Moderne, Salzburg (2009), Belvedere Palace and Museum, Vienna (2012); and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2015), among others. She has participated in group shows at Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2002), Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2008), Krannert Art Museum, Illinois (2009), Marrakech Biennale (2012); Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo (2013); Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2014); and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2015), among others. She is currently a guest professor at Kunstakademie Dusseldorf.
Photo Credit: Eva Grubinger, 2016