The exhibition Gego: Measuring Infinity at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is the first major museum retrospective of Gego’s work in the United States since 2005. Gego, or Gertrud Goldschmidt, was born in 1912 in Hamburg (Germany). She first trained as an architect and engineer at the Technische Hochschule Stuttgart (now Universität Stuttgart). Fleeing Nazi persecution in 1939, she immigrated to Venezuela, where she settled permanently. Gego fully embarked on an artistic career in the 1950s. In two- and three-dimensional works across a variety of mediums, Gego explored the relationship between line, space, and volume. Her practice in the related fields of architecture, design, and teaching complemented those investigations. Gego died in 1994 in Caracas. Gego: Measuring Infinity at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum runs until September 10, 2023.
Gego: Measuring Infinity / Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York. New York (USA), May 17, 2023.
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This exhibition is the first major museum retrospective of Gego’s work to be presented in the United States since 2005, offering a fully integrated view of the influential German-Venezuelan artist and her distinctive approach to the language of abstraction. Across five ramps of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s rotunda, the chronological and thematic survey features nearly 200 works from the early 1950s through the early 1990s, including sculptures, drawings, prints, textiles, and artist’s books, alongside photographic images of installations and public works, sketches, publications, and letters.
Gego is one of the most significant artists to emerge from Latin America during the second half of the twentieth century, yet her work remains lesser known in the United States. Examining the formal and conceptual contributions she made through her organic forms, linear structures, and systematic spatial investigations, Gego: Measuring Infinity grounds Gego’s practice in the artistic contexts of Latin America that flourished over the course of her lengthy career, considering the artist’s intersections with—and departures from—key transnational art movements such as geometric abstraction and Kinetic art. Gego put forth radical ideas through her intensive investigations of structural systems: transparency, tension, fragility, spatial relations, and the optical effects of motion are all methodically addressed in her singular body of work. Tracing a markedly individual artistic path, Gego defied categorization. This long-overdue retrospective builds upon the Guggenheim Museum’s legacy of presenting groundbreaking modern and contemporary solo survey exhibitions in a global context that champion nonobjective art.
This presentation of Gego: Measuring Infinity is cocurated by Pablo León de la Barra, Curator at Large, Latin America, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York, and Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães, Associate Curator, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York.