The Skulptur Projekte was initiated in 1977 by Klaus Bußmann and Kasper König, who since that time has held the position of chief curator for every edition of the exhibition in teams of changing constellations. A public controversy over George Rickey’s kinetic sculpture “Drei rotierende Quadrate” erected in Münster in 1975, preceded the first Skulptur Projekte (Part II, Part III, Part IV).
By Efi Michalarou
Photo: Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017 Archive
The 2017 exhibition differs from previous editions of the Skulptur Projekte in that it is giving more scope to performative approaches. This interest arises on the one hand from the current practices of many artists, on the other from cultural-theoretical deliberations: the disappearance of the body in the digital sphere makes it something deserving of special attention. The relationship between sculpture and time forms a further conceptual thread of the exhibition. Over the years since 1977, 35 sculptures have remained in Münster following the respective edition of the Skulptur Projekte. Fragile installations such as Dan Graham’s pavilion “Octagon for Münster” (1997) and Rebecca Horn’s installation “Concert in Reverse” (1987-97), will be re-erected or made more easily accessible for the 2017 programme. Yet the discourse on longevity is also mirrored in a number of current works: Lara Favaretto continues “Momentary Monuments” (2009- ) in Münster, a series involving the presentation of a monolithic stone sculpture and its subsequent destruction. The spectrum of the artworks ranges from sculptural approaches to temporary installations and performances with which art inscribes itself in the structural, historical and societal contexts of the city. At the same time, many of the projects point beyond the specific place and negotiate current social and urban themes. A special focus of the Skulptur Projekte 2017 is the relationship between public and private space in times of increasing digitalization. A symposium entitled “Nothing Permanent: Sculptures and Cities (WT)” will be presented in cooperation with the Henry Moore Institute from 13 to 15/9/17 will address, among other things, the question as to whether sculptures and monuments lose their validity in the public space, and if so under what conditions. Participating Artists: Ei Arakawa , Aram Bartholl, Nairy Baghramian, Cosima von Bonin, Andreas Bunte, Gerard Byrne, Camp (Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran), Michael Dean, Jeremy Deller, Nicole Eisenman, Ayşe Erkmen, Lara Favaretto, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Monika Gintersdorfer, Pierre Huyghe, John Knight, Xavier Le Roy & Scarlet Yu, Justin Matherly, Sany (Samuel Nyholm), Christian Odzuck, Emeka Ogboh, Peles Empire, Barbara Wolff & Katharina Stöver, Alexandra Pirici, Mika Rottenberg, Gregor Schneider, Thomas Schütte, Nora Schultz, Michael Smith, Hito Steyerl, Koki Tanaka, Oscar Tuazon, Joelle Tuerlinckx, Cerith Wyn Evans and Herve Youmbi,Barbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca.
Info: Artistic Director: Kasper König, Curators: Britta Peters and Marianne Wagner, Project Manager: Imke Itzen, Assistant Curators: Jan Bockholt, Clara Napp and Sophia Trollmann, Münster, Duration 10/6-1/10/17, www.skulptur-projekte.de