Anna Oppermann
curated by François Piron
Ateliers de Rennes – Biennale d’Art Contemporain, Rennes, France
1 October – 11 December 2016


A tutelary figure in the exhibition, the German artist Anna Oppermann is still little known in France. Back in the 1970s, she devised what she called “Ensembles”, impressive fractal installations bringing together drawings, paintings, photographs and writings, through a lengthy process of research, ramification and concealment. Each exhibition represented a new state of these Ensembles (she produced about seventy of them), based on a principle of vertiginous growth, to form a poetic organism that is unstable, sensual and interrogating, often developed over many years, and rarely regarded by the artist as completed. Based on her own life and her social, economic and sentimental environment, Oppermann involved herself in an unquiet introspection about her situation as an artist, a producer, and a woman facing the male hegemony of the art world. She opposed the male practice of the imposing and centered art object, a fragmentation occupying the nooks and crannies of exhibition rooms, calling for a close reading and a slow exploration.


Futher information:

Anna Oppermann
„Problemlösungsauftrag an Künstler (Raumprobleme)“, 1978-1984
“The Artist’s Task to Solve Problems (Problems of Space)”, 1978-1984
Installation view Ateliers de Rennes – Biennale d’Art Contemporain, Rennes, France
Courtesy the estate of Anna Oppermann and Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Photo: Ute Vorkoeper