Bergen Kunsthall presents Richard Tuttle Slide

Bergen Kunsthall presents Richard Tuttle Slide an exhibition on view 3 November–16 December 2012.

In the mid-1960s Richard Tuttle established a unique position for himself in the American post-war art scene. Since then he has presented a large number of exhibitions at regular intervals, and his oeuvre has been the object of constantly renewed interest. Tuttle is often described as a post-minimalist, with a background in the artistic milieu in which he first became known; nevertheless Tuttle’s works elude simple characterizations. It is striking to see how his whole oeuvre appears as relevant today as ever in the light of the renewed current interest in formal issues and an orientation towards the meaning-bearing features of materiality in sculpture and painting.

In Tuttle’s exhibition, Bergen Kunsthall acts as a guest, or perhaps an infiltrator, in the art collection of the neighbouring institution the Art Museums of Bergen. In the form of several small ‘exhibitions within the exhibition,’ a series of new works by Richard Tuttle will be presented, spread over three halls on the second floor of Lysverket. This building houses the largest overview presentation of the museum’s collections, from pre-modern art to international modernism.

The exhibition takes an active approach to the special architecture of the museum. The collection is presented here along encircling ‘corridors’ with a succession of adjacent smaller exhibition spaces and ‘exhibition cabinets.’ The viewer moves from room to room, and thus experiences the narrative of art history as a sequence which forms a totality, and at the same time as a succession of separate individual presentations or small-scale exhibitions. This situation is exploited in the exhibition project by presenting Richard Tuttle’s solo exhibition in three parts, each of which functions relatively separately within its own spatial boundaries, but can also be viewed in relation to the surrounding art.

In this project Bergen Kunsthall has chosen not to place Richard Tuttle’s work in the section where he perhaps most naturally ‘belongs’ in the art-historical narrative (for example as part of Late Modernism). Instead Tuttle’s exhibition will be on the floor where the museum shows works of pre-modern religious art, moving through European masters of the seventeenth century to Norwegian nineteenth-century painting. In this way Richard Tuttle’s exhibition will consist of small ruptures in the overall narrative framework that the Art Museums of Bergen presents to its visitors.

Richard Tuttle was born in Rahway, New Jersey in 1941. He lives and works in New Mexico and New York.

The exhibition is produced by Bergen Kunsthall. Presented in collaboration with the Art Museums of Bergen.

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