Line as Object

29 November 2013 to 2 March 2014
Galerie der Gegenwart, 2. floor

Gego during installation of Reticulárea. Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas 1969 Photo: Juan Santana, © Fundación Gego
Gego during installation of Reticulárea. Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas 1969. Photo: Juan Santana, © Fundación Gego


Gertrud Goldschmidt (Hamburg, 1912–Caracas, 1994), widely known as Gego, was one of the most important women artists in Latin America. Born and brought up in Hamburg, she originally trained as an architect in Stuttgart. Gego was of Jewish origin and emigrated in 1939 to Venezuela, where she began working as an artist and also as a university teacher. Her delicate, rhizomatically structured objects made of metal and wire challenged the traditional definition of sculpture as an enclosed mass and volume. Gego also pursued transparency and lightness in her numerous works on paper, where she employed lines as objects. Her groundbreaking and experimental approach to sculpture and 'drawing in space' had a significant influence on subsequent generations of artists in Latin America, leaving its mark on contemporary art far beyond Venezuela. In Europe, on the other hand, Gego's work is much less well known. This exhibition – the first of its kind in Germany – includes around 120 sculptures and drawings from every stage of Gego's career and is therefore a tremendous opportunity to experience her unique work at first hand.

Concurrently with GEGO. Line as object to play with, the exhibition EVA HESSE. One More than One is being shown on the 3rd floor of the Galerie der Gegenwart. For the first time, works by these two internationally renowned artists are being presented in dialogue in Hamburg, the city of their birth. Each in their own way, Gego and Eva Hesse
(Hamburg, 1936 – New York, 1970) were pioneers of spatial installation and also in the use of non-traditional materials in the context of art.

Curators: Dr. Brigitte Kölle and Dr. Petra Roettig
Curatorial assistant: Merle Radtke

A collaboration between Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart and Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.


Supported by

  • Kulturbehörde Hamburg
  •  Rudolf Augstein Stiftung
  • Martha Pulvermacher Stiftung
funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation
  • Kulturstiftung des Bundes