This time last week when the weather was actually bordering on acceptable and warm enough to leaving the house, I took my self down to the opening of the new Hermann Obrist exhibition, which is on at The Henry Moore Institute Leeds until the 29th August. I was quite pleased to find it not to just be another dull excuse to get hold of some free/putrid wine. Having never heard of the Munich-based Art nouveau sculptor before I was pleased to see a display of his very organic geometric Victorian influences which in turn have seemingly inspired pieces which could quite easily have sprung from the set of a sci-fi/Gothic epic. These seem quite ill fitted for the 1900s which makes them all the more impressive.
His work ranges from textiles and etchings to room filling organic plaster tombs, fountains and spiraling sculptural forms. The collection also features a bunch of photographs from the Museum Fur Gestaltung in Zurich and drawings from the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich; as a lot of Obrist’s work was destroyed during the wars these photos/drawings are all that remain of some of these pieces.
He also went on to teach some of the founding members of the Bauhaus movement. In short I think he’s pretty interesting and worth exploring.
Tonight I will be venturing to the Leeds University and Leeds Met degree show openings. The last year I went down to the Met opening they ran out of wine, but had an emergency back up supply of White Lightening piled high beneath the catering tables. Classy.