Wir, wir, wir, du, du, ich, Asta Gröting
Asta Gröting
Wir, wir, wir, du, du, ich
DE
Back to top

Asta Gröting

Wir, wir, wir, du, du, ich, 1994


Dimensions
height: 67 cm
diameter: 180 cm
maximum diameter: 185 cm
Physical Description
PVC and wood wool
Inventory Number
St.P952
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 as a gift from Dieter und Birgit Broska, Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art

Texts

About the Work

With Wir, wir, wir, Du, Du, ich — a reduced, very simple object in the tradition of American Minimal Art — Asta Gröting investigates the relationship between interior and exterior, form and content, organic materials and abstraction. This is both a nest and an abstract sculpture. The artist sets up the transparent forms around the centre of the object as if they were the fragile wall of a tower or well; she is apparently endeavouring to protect what is inside. Evincing an affinity with Arte Povera, Gröting imbues the simple, non-artistic materials with metaphorical meanings: inside, the wood shavings which are also used for stuffing animal specimens or corpses; for the circular shell, transparent PVC cubes resembling skin which divides the interior from the exterior but cannot provide complete protection.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Wir, wir, wir, du, du, ich (Original Title)
Title Translation
We, we, we, you, you, me
Artist
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
PVC and wood wool
Material

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
© Asta Gröting
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 as a gift from Dieter und Birgit Broska, Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 51I Space
  • 49D452 hexahedron, cube
Secondary
  • 22C4(WHITE) colours, pigments, and paints: white
  • 49D36 circle (~ planimetry, geometry)

More to discover

Contact

Do you have any suggestions, questions or information about this work?

Last update

22.10.2020