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LAWRENCE WEINER - MATTER AS WE KNOW IT

The monumental wall installation by Lawrence Weiner (1942-2021), MATTER AS WE KNOW IT + RED PAINT + YELLOW MUD + GREEN SLIME & BURIED WHERE THE EARTH IS SOFT ENOUGH (1995), has been acquired thanks to a very generous donation from the New Carlsberg Foundation. The work was presented in relation to the exhibition CLOSE TO A RAINBOW (June 5 – October 31, 2021 at Holstebro Kunstmuseum).
 
The acquisition represents a significant strengthening of the museum’s permanent collection, and Weiner has adapted the work so that it now also adorns the facades facing the museums’ sculpture garden.
 
The work thus also relates to Weiner’s public installation at Holstebro Town Hall (SOME OF THIS) + (SOME OF THAT) GENTLY PLACED UNDER THE LIGHT OF POLARIS. In 1991, this work was donated to Holstebro Municipality by the Danish Arts Foundation to mark the 25th anniversary of the inauguration of Holstebro’s artistic landmark, the bronze sculpture Woman on Cart (1942) by Alberto Giacometti (1901-66). This was also made possible by support from the New Carlsberg Foundation. In this way, MATTER AS WE KNOW IT adds to the most important arthistorical landmarks in the town’s cultural profile. 
 
Lawrence Weiner, MATTER AS WE KNOW IT + RED PAINT + YELLOW MUD + GREEN SLIME & BURIED WHERE THE EARTH IS SOFT ENOUGH (1995). View from the museum garden. Photo: Ole Mortensen



Lawrence Weiner, MATTER AS WE KNOW IT + RED PAINT + YELLOW MUD + GREEN SLIME & BURIED WHERE THE EARTH IS SOFT ENOUGH (1995). Installation view from CLOSE TO A RAINBOW. Holstebro Kunstmuseum, 2021. Photo: Ole Mortensen