pollen fills MoMA’s atrium in an installation by wolfgang laibthe artist sifting hazelnut pollen in a 1992 installationphoto © wolfgang laibimage courtesy MoMA

 

 

wolfgang laib: pollen from hazelnutdonald b. and catherine c. marron atrium at MoMA, new yorkon from january 23rd through to 11th march, 2013

 

 

german conceptual artist wolfgang laib works primarily with natural materials and will be saturating MoMA‘s donald b. and catherine c. marron atrium with an expansive yellow hue as part of his ‘pollen from hazelnut’ exhibition on show from january 23rd, 2013. the site-specific installation will be tailored especially for the space and will be the artist’s largest pollen artwork to date, measuring approximately 18 x 21 feet. the natural powder-like substance that laib will use in MoMA’s installation has been collected by the artist from the natural environment around his home and studio, in a small village in southern germany, since the mid-1990s. working according to the organic cycle of the seasons, laib harvests the pollen on each tree or flower when it is in bloom where he then exhibits the material in a number of ways – often sifted on a stone or concrete floor to manufacture a vast luminous field of color.

laib also manipulates other natural substances such as rice and beeswax. laib will uniformly place piles of rice in rows and columns within a gallery space, or use beeswax to build structures such as wax houses and staircases. the artist regards nature as a force to be interacted with through the senses – however not the objective of his work; rather, to create a space for activity and  reflection to achieve a greater experience.

 

pollen fills MoMA's atrium in an installation by wolfgang laibthe artist applying the natural material across a concrete floorphoto © wolfgang laibimage courtesy MoMA

 pollen fills MoMA's atrium in an installation by wolfgang laiblaib also manipulates other natural substances such as rice and beeswax

 

pollen fills MoMA's atrium in an installation by wolfgang laiblaib will uniformly place piles of rice in rows and columns within a gallery space