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At the end of 1970s, Klaus Laubmayer began a radical approach to create photographic artworks. He constructed temporary large-scale installations into landscapes on the volcanic island of Lanzarote and Ibiza, and utilized the installation for the final photographic artwork.

 

These photographic works challenged the notion of what was considered contemporary art, and was groundbreaking at a time when photography was all but not valued as contemporary art.

ballerina hanging on crossbar connected to construction poles holding a red curtain and standing in salinas mountains with red plastic hearts

Loss, 1980 (Translucent Portrait), C-Print, 5 Ed. + 1 AP: 70 x 70 in. (180 x 180 cm)

Translucent Portrait of loss, Lanzarote 1980. Klaus Laubmayer tapped into his subconscious engaging with separation and loss. The surrealistic temporary large-scale installation was constructed on the ground of an existing Salina in Lanzarote, and the instrument for the final photographic artwork.

art installation on ibiza beach, small miniature puppets of dancers sitting on the beach with background painting of a large concret building

Ibiza, 1979 (Translucent Portrait), C-Print, 5 Ed. + 1 AP: 42 x 42 in. (106 x106 cm)

Translucent Portrait of Ibiza, 1979. Klaus Laubmayer took a progressive approach, like a painter transforming the mental vision into a physical image. He presumed that Ibiza would become the capital of dance and music along with real estate development. He found the dance figures and the painting in Ibiza Old Town, and created the temporary installation on the beach for the final photographic artwork.

 

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ballerina hanging on crossbar connected to construction poles holding a red curtain and standing in salinas mountains with red plastic hearts

Loss, 1980 (Translucent Portrait), C-Print, 5 Ed. + 1 AP: 70 x 70 in. (180 x 180 cm)

art installation on ibiza beach, small miniature puppets of dancers sitting on the beach with background painting of a large concret building
ballerina hanging on crossbar connected to construction poles holding a red curtain and standing in salinas mountains with red plastic hearts

art installation on ibiza beach, small miniature puppets of dancers sitting on the beach with background painting of a large concret building
ballerina hanging on crossbar connected to construction poles holding a red curtain and standing in salinas mountains with red plastic hearts

Loss, 1980 (Translucent Portrait), C-Print, 5 Ed. + 1 AP: 70 x 70 in. (180 x 180 cm)

art installation on ibiza beach, small miniature puppets of dancers sitting on the beach with background painting of a large concret building
ballerina hanging on crossbar connected to construction poles holding a red curtain and standing in salinas mountains with red plastic hearts art installation on ibiza beach, small miniature puppets of dancers sitting on the beach with background painting of a large concret building
ballerina hanging on crossbar connected to construction poles holding a red curtain and standing in salinas mountains with red plastic hearts

art installation on ibiza beach, small miniature puppets of dancers sitting on the beach with background painting of a large concret building
ballerina hanging on crossbar connected to construction poles holding a red curtain and standing in salinas mountains with red plastic hearts

art installation on ibiza beach, small miniature puppets of dancers sitting on the beach with background painting of a large concret building