Bill Bollinger. The Retrospective at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz is the first major retrospective of the work of the American artist Bill Bollinger (1939-1988). In the late 1960s, Bill Bollinger was one of the foremost sculptors of his time. The exhibition presents more than thirty of his sculptures, works on paper, unknown documents, and a video. In this video we have a look at the exhibition, and the curator of the exhibition, Christiane Meyer-Stoll, talks about the person and career of Bill Bollinger, the starting point and concept of the exhibition, and the essence of his work.
In the late 1960s, Bill Bollinger was mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Bruce Nauman, Robert Smithson, Eva Hesse and Richard Serra. He participated in all the famous exhibitions, such as the legendary “When Attitude Becomes form” at the Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland, and “Anti-Illusion: Procedures/Material” at the Whitney Museum of American Art. But by the mid-1970s, he had withdrawn completely from the international art scene, due to personal problems, including a prolonged custody battle. He cut his ties with New York City, and died of alcoholism in 1988, at 48. Soon, his name was all but forgotten.
Bill Bollinger: The Retrospective (Die Retrospektive) at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz. Walkthrough and Introduction by curator Christiane Meyer-Stoll, February 10, 2011.
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