14th Fellbach Triennale

Founded in 1980, the Fellbach Triennial for Small Sculpture is one of the most longstanding art exhibitions in Germany and attracts ample public attention. The curator of the 14th edition is Brigitte Franzen. Her concept connects art that is 40,000 years old with contemporary positions. Since its founding in 1980, the Fellbach Triennial has been living up to its name and traced the current impact and significance of small sculpture in contemporary art. With its 14th edition the Triennial drills deep into history for the first time and goes back 40,000 years: some of the oldest works of art in human history were found close to Fellbach, in the Swabian Jura. Small sculptures from the Ice Age which might have been created there but might just as well be relics of early migration.
The exhibition is thus the first to venture on this balancing act between contemporary art and the origins of art 40,000 years ago, seeking to reveal their shared essence: the interest driving humans, our inherent curiosity to make an image of the world through art objects, grasping them as a means to understand and configure the world—and to survive in it. As the curator puts it, “the idea of art as a reflection and expression of curiosity and a thirst for knowledge is to be the leitmotif of the Triennial 2019—emphasized by the subtitle of the project: ‘The Museum of Curiosity.’” To give the concept the proper architectural frame in the historical space of the Alter Kelter, Brigitte Franzen joins forces with the landscape architects of atelier le balto.

Barnabás Bencsik