THE WORK OF GEGO

Many of Gego's works can be looked through, turned, walked around or moved through, with the result that their composition is continually transformed. The reduced, grid-like structures she created are characterised by their delicacy and lightness, and can be suspended like relief objects in front of a wall or placed as free-standing pieces within the exhibition space. Gego's best-known works are the Reticuláreas – net-like spatial installations she produced using thin wire, cables or aluminium rods. Her training and practice as an architect had a major influence on her art: creating structures and defining space remained central to her artistic practice and also informed her innovative approach to the line.

In the exhibition Gego. Line as Object, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is presenting around 120 sculptures and drawings from every stage of Gego's almost 40-year career, including the series Dibujo sin papel (Drawing Without Paper) and the Bichitos (Small Bugs) – playful, small-format works that incorporate everyday materials – along with the web-like Reticuláreas and the Tejeduras (Weavings) from her late work.

 

 

  • Gego during installation of Reticulárea. Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas 1969
  • Gego during installation of Reticulárea. Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas 1969
  • Gego (1912-1994)  Bichito 89/22, 1989
  • Gego (1912-1994)  Bichito 89/22, 1989
  • Gego (1912-1994)  Sin título, 1987
  • Gego (1912-1994)  Tejedura 89/13, 1989
  • Gego (1912-1994)  Sin título, 1980
  • Gego (1912-1994)  Dibujo sin papel 79/2, 1979
  • Gego (1912-1994)  Sin título, 1980
  • Gego (1912-1994)  Esfera N° 5, 1977
  • Reticulárea, installation view.  Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, 1969