Tübingen / Burkhard Meier-Grolman
Tübingen. If the curators of the new art show in Kunsthalle in Tübingen, Natascha Burger and Nicole Fritz claim that the daughter of Birgit Jürgenssen, born in Vienna in 1949 and who died there in 2003, at least initially very suspicious and shy, would not believe it. After all, this with the first major retrospective in this country honored the lady who was written at the age of eight annual Pablo Picasso-style sketches in her books on exercise. Such non-original creations were immediately signed with BICASSO Jürgenssen. This actually speaks of a good dose of self-confidence and a less pronounced talent for self-expression.
As a teenager, Jürgenssen remained passionate about drawing and wonderful, and children's books were spiced with humor and irony, which even appeared in society critically. And the rest is like that. At the Tübingen exhibition, it is evident that Birgit Jürgenssen should be positioned on the side of these two artistic amazons Maria Lassnig and Valie Export, who in the 1970s identified the Austrian female avant-garde.
At that time, Jürgenssen did not trigger scandalous screams, such as Valie Export, because she had a tummy before her, where passers-by could briefly touch naked chests. No, Jürgenssen does not want to interrupt taboos with his breeders, who comes as a "kitchen apron", but wants to take a traditional pattern of a sample of three K-churches, children, kitchens-on a cake and an ad absurdum.
Of course Valie Export, Lassnig and Co also left the work of Jürgenssen's deep notch. Even more important is the influence of Meret Oppenheim, who became world renowned thanks to her bowl, who cut off her ingenious works of surrealism and magical realism.
However, the specialty of Jurgensen's artistic practice is the consequence by which he always makes his artistic findings in relation to the human body. She is constantly experimenting, her body is its field of research, all media, whether watercolors, fabrics, drawings, photographs, subject arts, collages, rayograms or the final film and video should serve our understanding of roles, our relationship with animals, nature and check the environment.
The results of these bodily studies can surprise, surprise and excite: Jürgenssen puts up pregnant high heels or a "beautiful diaper" in her performance, she also takes photographs "Even with Fellchen", enjoys a bird's nest, filled with two eggs in her lap, melts a lumpy claw with human limbs. But she also directs our shy, nasty and funny sexual behavior. In the ink drawing, women are more or less satisfied with the cleaning of the floor. And their patch that radiates it, of course, turns out to be hulled in the brain in the form of a liliput.
info "Birgit Jürgenssen. I am" until February 17, 2019 in Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tues-Sun 11-18, from 4:00 to 19:00.