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Wolfgang Laib

German, b. 1950

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Wolfgang Laib

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German, b. 1950

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Wolfgang Laib is an installation artist whose practice is inextricable from his mythically modest and hermetic lifestyle. A former doctor, Laib is a student of Eastern and pre-Modern religions, like Buddhism, Jainism, and Medieval Christianity. This deeply influenced his perspective on nature, in particular his belief that one can only communicate with nature in solitude. Most of Laib’s works are composed of one or two materials, which he has gathered in raw form, such as milk, marble, rice, beeswax, and pollen. In fact, Laib spends the spring and summer months of each year gathering pollen from the meadows around his rural residence in southern Germany; he recently installed a large-scale pollen work at the MoMA in New York, titled Pollen from Hazelnut. “Pollen is the potential beginning of the life of the plant,” he says of his favored medium. “It is as simple, as beautiful, and as complex as this.”

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Biography

Wolfgang Laib is an installation artist whose practice is inextricable from his mythically modest and hermetic lifestyle. A former doctor, Laib is a student of Eastern and pre-Modern religions, like Buddhism, Jainism, and Medieval Christianity. This deeply influenced his perspective on nature, in particular his belief that one can only communicate with nature in solitude. Most of Laib’s works are composed of one or two materials, which he has gathered in raw form, such as milk, marble, rice, beeswax, and pollen. In fact, Laib spends the spring and summer months of each year gathering pollen from the meadows around his rural residence in southern Germany; he recently installed a large-scale pollen work at the MoMA in New York, titled Pollen from Hazelnut. “Pollen is the potential beginning of the life of the plant,” he says of his favored medium. “It is as simple, as beautiful, and as complex as this.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 5 more
Articles Featuring Wolfgang Laib
From Van Gogh to O’Keeffe, Art History’s Most Famous Flowers
Jul 1st, 2017
From Van Gogh to O’Keeffe, Art History’s Most Famous Flowers
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