Lecture by Maria Loboda

Maria Loboda, A Man of his word (Dharmachakra Mudra), photographic print on cotton paper, 2014, courtesy the artist Andrew Kreps, New York City, Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, Schleicher/Lange, Berlin









Wednesday, 22 Oktober 2014

7 pm

Lecture by Maria Loboda

Admission: 4 € / 2 € / free for members

Maria Loboda (b.1979 in Poland) tracks down what is hidden – and sometimes uncanny – and she deciphers or hints at it in her sculptures, collages and installations, where it often remains in a state of mystery. These works’ charging with magic and occultism and the representation of these often provides a source utilised by Loboda to create her art.

Loboda produces an archaeology of the symbolic, in which the unconscious – human beings’ links to nature and long-forgotten systems, signs and symbols – undergoes a reorganisation.

In her work for documenta 13, This Work is Dedicated to an Emperor, 20 cypresses became mysterious performers who altered their military formation each day, in an almost inexplicable manner, and assumed new formations and emblematic constellations. This work took up principles articulated by Vegetius in his 4th-century treatise De Re Militari. Strategies of exercising power and of forgotten knowledge were transposed into an almost Baroque choreography in Kassel’s Auepark.

The Sublime, which was distinguished during the Romantic period, seems to be echoed in Loboda’s contemporary enquiries. The possibility of relativising laws of regularity becomes tangible; knowledge and superstition, system and chaos meet once more in an idiom of the object, whose forms grow out of nature or the things of our precisely structured and organised daily life.

At the Kölnischer Kunstverein, Maria Loboda will speak about her artistic practice as well as recent and upcoming projects.


Born in Krakow, Poland, 1979
Lives in New York, USA


Interdiciplinary Fine Art Studies, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule,
Frankfurt, Class Mark Leckey, 2003-2008
Visiting Artist and Scholar, New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture,
Education and Human Developement, Class Carol Bove, 2007-2008

Exhibitions (solo):

Dead Guardian, Haus Salve Hospes, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

Chalcedony into Onyx, curated by Anna Gritz, one evening event at South London
Gallery, London, UK
Las Fieras – The Beasts, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Frieze Projects, curated by Cecilia Alemani, Randalls Island, New York, USA
General Electric, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, USA

The Tempest, Ludlow 38, New York, USA
The Messenger (Be aware of the one who appears not to be moving),

Peril, Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, Spain
Dynamite Winter Palace, SCHLEICHER/LANGE, Paris, France

In the Autumn the Electricity withdraws into the Earth again and rests, KROME
Gallery, Berlin, Germany
New Thoughts, Old Forms, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany

Conversational Style, SCHLEICHER/LANGE, Paris, France

Moderne Ehe, Ritter & Staiff, Frankfurt am Main, Germany