Wolfgang Laib

The Beginning of Something Else


“Wolfgang Laib. The Beginning of Something Else” brings together all those texts that are of particular importance for the artist’s thinking and work. These include passages from the Gilgamesh epic, a poem by the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma, thoughts by Friedrich Nietzsche and a quote by the American artist Agnes Martin.

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An extraordinary collection of texts and images compiled by Wolfgang Laib.

Wolfgang Laib: The Beginning of Something Else combines texts that are particularly important for the artist’s creative work, together with a variety of selected images. Included are, for example, passages from the “Epic of Gilgamesh”, a poem by the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma, and thoughts by Friedrich Nietzsche.

The texts and images are combined to create an unusual publication, which reflects Wolfgang Laib’s (b. 1950) interest in literature as well as some of the most important sources of inspiration for his sensitive work. This collection reveals Wolfgang Laib in a subtle and personal way. It sheds light on an artist whose work, which dates back to the 1970s, has questioned our treatment of nature, and thus could not be more topical.

Additional information

Weight 474 g
Dimensions 13.7 x 18.2 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 10 December 2023
Number of pages 200
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Ulrike Groos, and Anne Vieth
Dimensions 13.7 x 18.2 cm
Weight 474 g


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Ulrike Groos has been director of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart since 2010.

Anne Vieth has been curator of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart since 2017.