What at first sight seems to be an ironic and humourous reply to the frequently touted purity in minimalist art represents the very substance of Erik Steinbrecher's work: Minimalist Kitsch signifies a productive contradiction between reduction and immoderation.
The monograph gathers recent works, works on view in the two corresponding solo exhibitions at Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich and at Villa Merkel, Esslingen, as well as a few works from public and semi-public spaces.
Erik Steinbrecher (born 1963 in Basel, lives and works in Berlin) is known to a wide international audience particularly since his participation in documenta X (1997) as well as further major institutional presentations such as at Kunst-Werke in Berlin, MoMA PS1 in New York, the Kunsthalle Vienna, the Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich or The Weserburg Museum of Modern Art in Bremen. His work as artist has developed in two main directions; the areas of sculpture and architecture as well as the realm of publication. Steinbrecher released numerous books and printed matters, which always expose a strong conceptual idea and function as independent artworks.