What kind of a headline could that be, “Free State Buys World’s Biggest Golf Course!” It would not be wrong – but misleading: the “Grünau Golf Resort” is an art project by Daniel Theiler from Leipzig. He chose Grünau, the city’s largest prefabricated construction area, as his playground and effectively created golf holes there in 2016 and a …
What kind of a headline could that be, “Free State Buys World’s Biggest Golf Course!” It would not be wrong – but misleading: the “Grünau Golf Resort” is an art project by Daniel Theiler from Leipzig. He chose Grünau, the city’s largest prefabricated building area, as his playground and even dug holes there for golf in 2016 and set up a miniature clubhouse there. Only Grünauers were allowed to become members, others needed two recommendations from residents of the precarious neighborhood.
This subtle social impact project is one of 35 works that Saxony has purchased this year for around 170,000 euros. Since the 1990s, the Free State has been shopping every year and the selection has been exhibited in the Leipzig spinning mill under the title “Win / Win” for ten years. The institution having postponed its main exhibition until the fall, which was actually scheduled for spring, the presentation is particularly generous this time.
The shopping tour is organized by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, the selection is made by an independent advisory board. If you follow the shopping lists of the last few years, you can see that Leipzig and Dresden are still very well represented, but artists from Chemnitz and all over Western Saxony are extremely rare. The director of the Manuel Frey Foundation justifies this by the art schools of the two Saxon metropolises and the strong scenes that result from them. This may be true, however, greater consideration of the artists also present at Chemnitz is desirable. After all, Lysann Németh is one of them this year. The artist, born in 1979, acquired a series of 12-sheet pencil drawings entitled “Artificial Light”. You can still see the same pattern, apparently a metallic surface with a relief. Only the lighting conditions change from one sheet to another. In the twelfth, we can only guess the structures in the half-light.
It’s fragile work, and the others selected aren’t honest wall hangings either. The spectrum ranges from oil and acrylic paintings to photographs to videos and installations. Fees are even paid for performances that can only be kept indirectly. Socially relevant content can be found over and over again. For example, in her film “The Invisible Cloth”, Paula Abalos portrays a woman who cleans a gym alone at night: The Free State, which has been ruled conservatively for thirty years, has the luxury of spending money. money for art which is inconvenient.
What happens to the works when the exhibition in the spinning mill is dismantled? After all, Saxony has already acquired 637 works worth around 2.6 million euros over the years. They move to the depot in Dresden. If they were hidden from the public, another type of art funding would actually make more sense. But some paintings, graphics or even sculptures decorate the buildings of the ministries and the government of the state capital. The Grünau Golf Resort will certainly not be one of them. But museums and other institutions across the country have the opportunity to tap into this growing fund for their own exhibition projects, which is gradually being digitized.
The exhibition “Winning / Winning – The Purchases of the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony 2021” can be seen in Spinnerei Leipzig until July 25.