Wolfgang Laib in Florence

Without Time, Without Space, Without Body…


This book is not yet published, but will be available from December 2021.

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In 2019, Wolfgang Laib entered into a dialogue with masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Leon Battista Alberti, Filippo Brunelleschi and Benozzo Gozzoli in his philosophical and poetic installations of pollen and beeswax. The publication documents impressively this unique and spectacular art event.

Following an invitation from the Museo Novecento in Florence, Wolfgang Laib – one of the outstanding artists of the present day – created five works in four of the city’s main sights, including the convent of San Marco and the Pazzi Chapel. In their juxtaposition with the historic masterpieces, the delicate pollen sculptures and the imposing beeswax ziggurat cause the contrast between present and past, physical place and endless space, and real and spiritual life to become blurred and lead us towards the central questions of life.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 24 x 28 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 31 December 2021
Number of pages 120
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Sergio Risalti, Corinna Thierolf, and Gerhard Wolf, Contributions by W. Laib, L. Mattioli, S. Risaliti, C. Thierolf, and G. Wolf
Dimensions 24 x 28 cm
Weight 300 g


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Sergio Risalti is the director of the Museo Novecento in Florence. Corinna Thierolf is a curator and long-standing expert on the works of Wolfgang Laib.

Gerhard Wolf is the director of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut