André Thomkins (*1930 in Lucerne, †1985 in Berlin) was one of the most innovative and versatile artists of the second half of the 20 th century. In particular he came to notice in the 1960s with his creative artistic experiments. The beginnings of this practice reach back, however, to the 1950s. Everyday materials such as rubber, illustrated photographs and paper, provisions, and odds and ends that he found mark his work as much as traditional artistic means and techniques. From experiments with these various materials arose his humorous, fantastical works that contain both depth of thought and a quality of playfulness combined with association – thematically entwined and full of surprises.
André Thomkins. Eternal Network shows the great significance of the experimenter Thomkins and puts his technical and formal innovations on an equal standing with the hitherto better known drawings. This includes not only the group of works from visual arts, but equally the artistic works using the written word, and his musical attempts. Moreover, for the first time, two important works created in and for Actions are brought together. In addition, the exhibition presents numerous works from the estate that have rarely been seen to date, in some cases never. For the first time, in this exhibition, it will be possible to experience André Thomkins’ work in its full breadth and variety. The richly illustrated publication also offers new impulses in terms of future reception of the artist.
This is the first presentation in the BRUSEUM that has not taken as its theme aspects of the life and work of Günter Brus, but rather is devoted exclusively to one of his closely associated peers. The exhibition thus sees itself as an important guide pointing to the future, in which mavericks in art history, multi-talented artists and protagonists from the 1960s and 1970s will increasingly be allotted space in the BRUSEUM. The comprehensive retrospective of André Thomkins was conceived and organised by the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, which has been administered and systematically appraised the artist’s extensive estate since 2002. (text source: Museum Joanneum)