Utopia starts small
Every three years since 1980 the Fellbach Triennial of Small-scale Sculpture has mounted an exhibition of contemporary small-scale sculpture. Exceptional quality and innovative power have made it an important platform on the international exhibitions scene. The exhibition venue since 2001 has been the imposing Alte Kelter with some 2,500 square metres of exhibition space. Every edition of the Triennial so far has succeeded in developing a convincing new theme as well as attracting interest from well beyond the borders of Germany.
The 12th Triennial titled ‘Utopia Starts Small’ engages with the concept of utopia which, often put to dubious ends in the course of history, can also have entirely positive connotations. Precisely the small format pre-scribed here lends utopia its particular potential-the small scale can be seen as a nucleus for social revolution and political change.
The exhibition focuses on small-scale sculpture in the sense of utopian models. ‘Utopia Starts Small’ engages with its theme in the form of model designs. What is productive here is the clash between the fact that the models-without any intention of their being realized on a larger scale later-are autonomous art works in themselves and yet at the same time possess an intellectual potential for change.
Some fifty artists across the generations will be taking part in the 12th Fellbach Triennial of Small-scale Sculpture 2013. Over and above visual art, the exhibition explores exemplary approaches in architecture, theatre and design. Apart from works of historical interest, the focus is primarily on young contemporary artists whose works often originate in turbulent societal situations in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia.
By concentrating more strongly on the works of extra-European artists, the 12th Triennial is reacting immediately and directly to our global present.
The accompanying catalogue contains material on all the participating artists as well as scholarly essays that engage with utopia’s societal significance and historical development, with the topos and development of utopian models in art, and with the aesthetics of the small.
Leonor Antunes, Ei Arakawa & Nikolas Gambaroff, Anna Artaker, Vojin Bakic’, Neïl Beloufa, Bless, Arno Brandlhuber, Teresa Burger, Luis Camnitzer, Nina Canell, Lygia Clark, Nathan Coley, Thea Djordjadze, Maria Eichhorn, Michaela Eichwald, Felix Ensslin & Students of the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, Geoffrey Farmer, Yona Friedman, Meschac Gaba, Carlos Garaicoa, Isa Genzken, Konstantin Grcic, Günter Haese, Diango Hernández, Judith Hopf, Iman Issa, Christian Jankowski & Students of the Akademie der Bildenden Künste StuttgartRachel Khedoori, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Jakob Kolding, Moshekwa Langa, Manuela Leinhoß, Anita Leisz, Anna Maria Maiolino, Victor Man, Cildo Meireles, Michaela Melián, Michele Di Menna, Charlotte Moth, Timo Nasseri, Manfred Pernice, Pratchaya Phinthong, Falke Pisano, Erwin Piscator, Rita Ponce de León, Vjenceslav Richter, Yorgos Sapountzis, Jochen Schmith, Nora Schultz, Eckhard Schulze-Fielitz, Yutaka Sone, Ettore Sottsass, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Armando Andrade Tudela, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Danh Võ, Haegue Yang