At a time when blank spots have by and large disappeared from maps, “wilderness” has returned in art. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt has dedicated an extensive theme-based exhibition to this recurring fascination.


close encounter

robert rauschenberg – seo
As one of the most unpredictable, imaginative and influential artists of the late 20th century, Rauschenberg’s importance is becoming increasingly apparent, just a few months after his death. This exhibition showcases 15 selected works, produced by Rauschenberg between 1974 and 1999, side by side with the large-scale main works and sculpture by the Korean-born painter, SEO.
SEO has long had an interest in Rauschenberg’s collage and montage technique in which reality is shredded and pieced back together again. She has developed her own unique style of collage and ‘painting with paper’: working backwards in a long, drawn-out process, she starts with a unified motif, which is then torn apart and destroyed on the canvas.

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"close encounter"

July 2008

ISBN 978-3-86678-195-5

30,00 x 25,00 cm

126 Pages

35 colored and 3 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German, English, Korean

Kunsthalle Rostock
preface by
Ulrich Ptak
Bernhard Schieder
with an interview between SEO and Gesine Borcherdt
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „close encounter. robert rauschenberg – seo“, 2008, Kunsthalle Rostock.