MdbK X Bastian Muhr
Launching the Artist Edition WVZ 19-20
Exclusively for the MdbK Bastian Muhr created 146 unique bags, that are made off motifs from art works from 2019 and 2020. The artist edition was realized in cooperation with the Vietnamese initiative #hãyởnhà. Starting September 16th the tote bags can be bought in the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig.
The motifs of the artist bags show details from Bastian Muhr’s visual art work from 2019 and 2020, which becomes visible to the public for the first time as an independent work. The artist laid out the vectorized works, arranged chronologically by inventory number, in a format of 2.90 x 18 m and had them printed on textile in their original size. The cloth width was cut systematically into rectangles, randomly giving rise to the motifs. The Vietnamese initiative sewed bags out of these cut pieces as part of the action “#maskon – hãy đeo khẩu trang“. The result is 146 unique pieces that illustrate extracts from Bastian Muhr’s catalogue raisonné.
Artist Edition "WVZ 19-20"
Format: 34 x 40.5 x 0.5 cm
organic cotton bags, digital print
The bags (146 pieces) numbered and signed unique pieces
Made in Germany
Available from 16.09.2021 for 49 € exclusively at the museum ticket desk.
Bastian Muhr (*1981) lives in Essen and works in Leipzig and Düsseldorf. He works mainly with drawing and painting. In cooperation with art institutions, he regularly realizes large temporary, site-specific drawings. From 2004 to 2010, he studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig. Bastian Muhr’s works have since been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia and the USA. His works are represented in numerous public collections, including the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Kupferstichkabinett), the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, the collection of the Kunstfonds Dresden, the art collections of the Deutsche Bundesbank and the Museum Wiesbaden. Bastian Muhr has been awarded the working scholarship of the Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn (2021), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2019), and the art prize of the Leipziger Jahresausstellung (2013); he was an artist in residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York City, USA (2015) and at the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany, USA (2020).
The initiative #hãyởnhà
The artist edition was realized in cooperation with the initiative #hãyởnhà. The MdbK thereby supports the initiative and refers to the traditional textile industry in Leipzig and the surrounding area, which would not have been conceivable without the connection to the contract workers. #Hãyởnhà offers a platform in Vietnamese that provides information on the coronavirus and related economic and legal issues. It highlights support measures for businesses affected by the crisis and provides useful tips as well as advice for families.
At the beginning of the pandemic, numerous Vietnamese groups joined forces to sew cotton masks in solidarity for hospitals and other institutions. Most of the sewers had come as contract workers to the GDR in the 1980s. Many were employed in the textile industry. In spring 2020, they wanted to provide help quickly and so they returned to their sewing machines.
You can find more information here: https://hayonha.jimdofree.com/deutsche-version/