On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman Innsbruck is pleased to invite you to its exhibition Jürgen Klauke Einblick/Ausblick (Insight/Outlook), which presents works from the seventies, when the artist aimed for the ”aestheticisation of the existential,“ selected works from his so-called ”Formalisierung der Langeweile“ (formalisation of boredom) series of the eighties, as well as ”Toter Fotograf“ (Dead Photographer) from 1988.
Jürgen Klauke is regarded as a pioneer of performative photography, both choreographed and conceptual. Klaus Honnef describes him as one of the most remarkable exponents of Body Art. Being not only a photographer, a painter and a draughtsman, he represents an extended concept of art and a new type of artist moving between the genres. He uses his body for a surface to project ideas on, as he himself describes it, as an ”amplifier“ and a ”thought carrier,“ or also as a ”surrogate.“ We realise that the long work process, from drawing via the elaborate choreography in front of camera all the way to the aesthetic editing, explores that very vacuum between art and life that the classic avantgardes
meant to fill.
Brigitte Borchhardt-Birbaumer, 2012