Tübingen / Burkhard Meier-Grolman
Tübingen. If the Tübingen Kunsthallen, Natascha Burger and Nicole Fritz, the curators of new art claim that Birgit Jürgenssen, a citizen's daughter born in Vienna in 1949 and died there in 2003, was at least initially well-reserved and shy, she does not believe it. After all, this now the first great retrospective in this country honored Scribble's eight year Sketches style with Pablo Picasso's exercise books. He signed these non-original creations with "BICASSO Jürgenssen" without delay. This really speaks of good self-confidence and less-than-talented talent for self-expression.
As a teenager, Jürgenssen was passionate about her drawing and excitement, and with humor and irony with attractive children's books that even made socially critical remarks. And it stayed the same way. This Tübingen exhibition makes it clear that Birgit Jürgenssen is rightly placed on these two arts by Amazons Maria Lassnig and Valie Export, who recognized the Austrian avant-garde women in the 70's in the last century.
At that time, Jürgenssen did not write shameful screams, such as Valie Export, because he had an abdominal shop in front of him that allowed passers-by to touch his naked breasts briefly. No, Jürgenssen does not want to break taboos with his abdominal store, which becomes "a home-made kitchen towel", but he wants to take on a traditional role model from three K-churches, children, kitchens – cake and ad absurdum.
Of course, Valie Export, Lassnig and Co. have also left Jürgenssen's work deep in the hooves. But even more important is Meret Oppenheim, who has become world renowned for his bowl and who filters out his inventive works of art from surrealism and magical realism.
The special feature of Jürgenssen's art practices is, however, the consequence that he always sets artistic observations in relation to the human body. He is constantly experiencing experiments, his body is in his research field, all the media, whether watercolors, fabric pictures, drawing, photography, art, collages, rayograms, or finally film and video have to serve our perception of roles, relationships to animals, nature and the environment.
The results of these body audits may be amazed, puzzled and distracted: Jürgenssen presents heavy heels or a "nice pet dog" in the show, he describes himself with "Fellchen," enjoying a bird nest filled with two eggs in his lap and melting the Lobster nails of human limbs. But he also regrets cheeky, wicked and funny sex behavior. With a pencil, women are more or less happy when they wash the floor. And their rocks, which they tire, appear – of course – as husky husky husky liliput.
information "Birgit Jürgens. I'm" up to 17.02.2019 Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tue-Sun 11-18, Thu 19 clock.