The sculptor Christiane Löhr (*1965) surprises us with a peculiar courage to go small. Instead of being grand gestures and expansive installations, her meticulously constructed, miniature sculptures, made from wild, dried grasses, burrs or seeds, sometimes measure only a few centimetres. Consistently the artist relies on renewable materials, which she sifts, harvests and orders before she begins the work process through reflecting on statics, colour and form. The results are fragile, almost translucent constructs, but also compact shapes that, through the intricate precision of their many elements, out on display the smallest geometrical orders nature has to offer. On that basis, Löhr has developed a highly independent position in contemporary art.
Harald Szeemann had already invited the artist to the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001. After exhibitions in Japan, the USA, Italy, Switzerland and in numerous German institutions, the Italian Arte Povera specialist, Germano Celant (1940-2020), dedicated one of his last texts to her on the occasion of an exhibition in Milan in 2020. Christiane Löhr lives and works in Prato / Florence and in Cologne.