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Bert Theis


Lived and worked in Luxembourg and Milan. Bert Theis belonged to that generation of artists who emerged at the beginning of the 90's, who approached public space in both an unmonumental and emergent zone with possibilities. He anchored his works to social contexts and relational modalities, without, however, denouncing them as works of art. The works of Bert Theis are always conceived to be put directly into the outdoor spaces of a city, even if the Luxembourg artist has become famous for his participation in many important international expositions, from the Venice Biennale, Manifesta 2, to 'Skulptur. Projekte in Münster 1997', and Gwangju Biennale 2002 in South Korea. The assumption of a hyperactive society driven by excessive consumption informs the common background of Bert Theis' works. His works attempt to get people to turn inward, towards the spaces, places of rest and platforms for relaxation, capable of temporarily forming small communities of people with explicit reference to idyllic islands, to the utopia of unspoiled land. In Theis' work, the opening towards this vital life assumes a rigorous intellectual utopian condition, and at the same time, that which is more extraordinary than daily existence, and subtly, an irony in the experience.