MARCH 2014. GEGO’S LINE IN STUTTGART
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart rises in the center of the city since 2005: a cubic concrete structure which hosts an important collection of German and international artists. From March 29 to June 29 it hosted the exhibition Gego. Line as object.
Gego spent her student years in Stuttgart (1932-1938), where she studied and graduated as an engineer with a specialization in architecture at the Technische Hochschule (nowadays part of the University of Stuttgart). In 1939 she emigrated to Venezuela, where she worked as a teacher and developed her plastic work.
We had the opportunity of visiting the documentary center of the university, where we were welcomed by its director, Dr. Norbert Becker, who showed us a series of documents referring to Gego’s academic record at the university. He showed us her registration form and explained that the yellow color referred to her condition as a Jew and the diagonal red strip across it meant that she was a female student. He also showed us images of the building destroyed during WWII.
In her text in the catalogue of the exhibition, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart curator Eva Marina Froitzheim mentions that the artist “makes use of her knowledge of Mathematics and her training as an architect to develop her geometric forms, exploring the physical conditions of concrete space in graphic work as well as in sculpture.”
The text of the museum’s website signals that Gego centers mainly on the line as a means of expression, and her work explores the creative relationship between space and the line. It also says that for five decades she worked on the idea of converting the line into an object as she used it to create planes, volumes and structures of extended nets.
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart conceived this project to present it simultaneously with Luisa Richter’s exhibition, also a German-born Venezuelan artist.