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Curator: Vladimir Beskid
The exhibition at the Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery paid homage to Mária Bartuszová (1936-1996), whose works were exhibited at documenta 12 in 2007, and was the very first individual showing of her works outside Slovakia.  The exhibition did not only furnish an overview of her most important creative phases but also clearly and understandably visualize the development of her search for form. Bartuszová's "organic" sculptures are inspired by natural processes and elementary forms and are governed by the fundamental laws of physics.  Her works manifest states of transition between form and non-form, between the liquid and the solid, between genesis and destruction, between positive forms and negative forms.

Plaster of Paris, itself transitional by reason of its pulverous, liquid and solid states and not least through its very fragility, is Bartuszová's preferred artistic medium. Used in conjunction with air-filled balloons as casting moulds, for example, plaster of Paris permits the lining of hollow spaces and cavities, or it can be used for the direct incorporation of such natural materials as stones, branches, sand etc.  Mária Bartuszová's sculptures do not occupy space but rather open themselves up to it, involve it in the flow of energy generated by the material, in the expression of emotional states that vibrate mid-way between geometric and organic elements. 

Publikation anlässlich der Ausstellung | brochure accompanying the exhibition
"Negative Volumes"
Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, München
08.03. - 12.04.2008
Copyright Anna und Veronika Bartuszová, Vladimir Beskid, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle

Raumansichten 1. OG | Installation views, 1st floor
Raumansichten 1. OG | Installation views, 1st floor
Untitled, 1988
224 x 298 cm
Raumansicht EG | Installation view ground floor
Untitled, 1985 
plaster, branch
213 x 118 x 25 cm
Untitled, 1985-87
30 x 25 x 23,5 cm
52 x 32 x 30 cm
Untitled, 1987
58 x 82,5 x 10 cm
Untitled, 1986
83 x 90 x 80 cm
Untitled, 1987
plaster and string and plexi
71,5 x 48,5 x 13 cm (each of 2 pieces)
Untitled, 1970-78
31 x 12 x 16 cm
36 x 31 x 19 cm
Untitled, 1985
plaster and stone
19 x 22 x13 cm
48 x 28 x 11 cm
Untitled, 1984-86
16,5 x 16 x 17 cm
Untitled, 1984-86
19 x 20 x 18 cm
Maria Bartuszova(1936 - 1996) Negative Volumes08.03.2008 – 12.04.2008