Anja Luithle, "Broadway", 2008. Fourt-part installation. Silk, motors, steel, sensors, optional spotlight. 120 x 60 x 60 cm. Courtesy of the artiste. © ADAGP, Paris 2016.
Anja Luithle, "La table basse", 2000 - 2006. 220 x 140 x 80 cm. Courtesy of the artist. © ADAGP, Paris 2016.
JULY 2ND 2016 - OCTOBER 2ND 2016
Born in 1968, the Stuttgart artist Anja Luithle studied under Joseph Kosuth at the "Staatliche Akademie der bildenden Künste Stuttgart" [State Academy of Fine Art in Stuttgart] and is known in Germany for her numerous works on display in public open spaces. This is the first time that she is showing a selection of her largely recent work in a French museum. In addition to her mostly kinetic objects, some of her paintings, drawings and prints are also on display.
Anja Luithle’s work is centred around the nature of modular forms which play with the observer’s viewing habits, either by using the kinetic properties of the objects to allow the observer to penetrate the world of variable structures and states of perception, or by using painting and drawings whose origins are the observation of the objective environment, to allow the observer to make associations and be transported into new surroundings. The transformation of the objects into metaphorical mirror images of the inner state of mind always occurs on the level of subjective impressions and memories. Her works convey a clear emotional content which reaches back to subjective moments from the past.
Anja Luithle’s pictorial language is characterised by a great awareness of form, an excellent command of her materials, and her capacity for poetic expression. This is valid both for her pictures and for her sculptures. An important characteristic of her work is that visual perception is often coupled with physical and tangible involvement.