KONVERSATIONSSTÜCKE (Conversation Pieces) is the first lonelyfingers presentation in a physical space. Lonelyfingers is an online platform created in 2012 by visual artists Diango Hernández and Anne Pöhlmann. Lonelyfingers practice focuses on the objects and documents that accompany and inspire artists while developing an artwork.

For KONVERSATIONSSTÜCKE lonelyfingers artists will bring to the exhibition space objects and references that could start a conversation between the artist and the audience. These objects often unknown and hidden in the artists studios will be now shared. Featured Artists in Konversationsstücke: Daniel Barroca, Jay Batlle, Jarosław Fliciński, Jessica Gispert, Manuel Graf, Owen Gump, Diango Hernández, Rita McBride, Anne Pöhlmann, Glen Rubsamen, Tom Sloan und Monika Stricker.

Certainly we can live without objects but it is not clear if we would be able to remember without having them around. We use Finds* as points of reference, they guide us through complicated trips and while creating they keep us away from the emptiness that a blank piece of paper carries. Finds exist to remember and we create artworks to be remembered. In Luis Barragán’s Mexico City residency there is a piece of furniture that looks like an umbrella. It has a single standing foot and ends with four tilted flat surfaces that resemble a pyramid. On this fascinating object Barragán displayed books, prints and drawings that he was currently working with. Often friends visited him and he would share and discuss with them what was temporarily displayed on his ‘umbrella’. Sometimes he asked his friends to take as a present one of his Finds.

If I would have been one of Barragán’s guests and he would have asked me to choose between one of his Finds and one of his actual artworks, without hesitation I would have taken the Find. Would you take just a glass of water or the whole spring?

Lonelyfingers presentation at the Museum Abteiberg functions as the Barragán ‘umbrella’. Inside the exhibition KONVERSATIONSSTÜCKE you can see objects that belong to the creative process of artists. Those ‘magic’ references are as relevant as the ideas they have triggered and as consistent as the artworks they helped to create.

*Finds: Found objects, documents or any kind of found material used directly or indirectly in the process of creating an artwork.


17 March 2013
12.45–14 pm FOOD PERFORMANCE Jay Batlle, fingerfood – deviled conversation

CONVERSATIONS with artists, coffee and cake
17 March 2013, 4 pm Jay Batlle
24 March 2013, 4 pm Tom Sloan and Jade Niklai
7 April 2013, 4 pm Diango Hernández and Anne Pöhlmann
21 April 2013, 4 pm Rita McBride
5 May 2013, 4 pm Jaroslaw Fliciński
19 May 2013, 4 pm Daniel Barroca
2 June 2013, 4 pm Glen Rubsamen