Wolfgang Laib


During the next two months, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac will present a comprehensive solo exhibition by internationally renowned artist Wolfgang Laib. Titled “Where are you going,” Laib’s new exhibition continues much of the artist’s exploration into the materials of pollen, milk, rice, wax and marble within the forms of cones, rectangles and stairs. Laib is less concerned with innovation and new discoveries within his practice and more interested in the continuation of his methodology. It was in the late ’70s that the artist first began to use these materials, because Laib has approached his work with a consistent contemplative and ephemeral aesthetic, carefully balancing the work between many dualities. Laib was born in Germany and initially studied medicine at the University of Tubingen. After becoming a doctor in 1975, Laib decided to leave medicine and work exclusively as an artist. During his time studying medicine, the artist also studied art history, philosophy, psychology and Oriental philology, learning Sanskrit, Hindi and Tamil. The artist has exhibited globally, including recent exhibitions “Still Points of the Turning World” at the SITE Santa Fe in New Mexico and “Le Mouvement des Images” in the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Among many publications, Laib was featured on ARTINFO for an exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand.