Lothar Baumgarten (Rheinsberg, Germany, 1944) is showing one of his latest creations: an audio piece conceived specifically for, and interacting with, the Glass Palace.
The architecture and features of the spaces where he shows his projects pose a challenge to the German conceptual artist Lothar Baumgarten, especially in terms of research and artistic creation. On this occasion, he resumes what he did in Caiman, White Nose (1989) and Seven Sounds/Seven Circles (2004).
Baumgarten studied at the Staatlichen Akademie für bildende Künste in Karlsruhe (1968) and the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf (1969-71) under Joseph Beuys, who had a profound influence on him.
Early in his life he took interest in symbolism and rituals, and in their ties to Western culture and codes. From the late 1970s right through the 1980s, Baumgarten travelled to rural areas in South America, where he lived with different tribes in the Amazon rainforest. These experiences helped him define the core themes in his work, which contains natural and manufactured elements representing the contradictions between nature and culture.
Baumgarten’s work has been exhibited in museums and art galleries worldwide, such as MACBA (Barcelona, 2008), Museu Serralves (Porto, 2001), Fondation Cartier (Paris, 1994) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, 1993). Also, Baumgarten represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 1984 and participated in Documenta X in Kassel (1997).