The Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen announce the first comprehensive solo publication by Lars Breuer (b. 1974, Aachen).
Breuer first attracted the attention of the Ludwig Forum through his numerous site-specific wall paintings, murals, and facade projects. Displaying a strong sense of the historical, and with a clear literary interest evident in his art, this catalogue presents a rich selection of work that also includes paintings on canvas involving figurative imagery, abstract patterns and text, forming in total a comprehensive examination of Breuer’s oeuvre to date.
Breuer’s consciously staged dialogue with architecture was also a decisive factor in commissioning a permanent wall painting from him in the entrance of the museum. This publication is therefore produced in conjunction with both the exhibition and the permanent installation Lars Breuer, Esprit Historique / Zero History.
“CIA director Leon Panetta is well known for saying that “We govern in this country either through leadership or through crisis. If leadership is not there, then we will govern by crisis. Crisis will drive what we do, and today, too often, we govern by crisis, rather than leadership.” I bring this to the fore because in addition to designing extraordinary compositions with compelling semantical underpinnings, Breuer’s wall works also underscore the global political landscape of crisis. Like “threat alert level orange,” his compositions affect us with the language of authority and the shifting instability of meaning and significance in contemporary life.”
–excerpt from Michelle Grabner: Wall Painting: Crisis and Control, 2013
Editor: Brigitte Franzen for Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst Aachen
Texts: Brigitte Franzen, Michelle Grabner, Julia Henderichs
August 2013, English, German
24 x 17 cm, 216 pages, linen hardcover and book jacket