[artinfo] The Middelheim Museum presents Long Live Sculpture!
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The Middelheim Museum presents
Long Live Sculpture!
Until September 3rd
Tel. 0032 3 827 15 34
JEONGHWA CHOI (KO) - KATHARINA FRITSCH (D) -
FOLKERT DE JONG (NL) - PHILIP METTEN (B) -
YOSHITOMO NARA (J) - PATRICIA PICCININI (AUS) -
THOMAS RENTMEISTER (D) - PETER ROGIERS (B) -
THOMAS SCHÜTTE (D) - RICKY SWALLOW (AUS) -
ISKENDER YEDILER (D)
The Middelheim Museum in Antwerp presents the
group exhibition Long Live Sculpture!. Eleven
national and international artists give a current
interpretation of the sculptural discipline.
Lately, things have been moving in the realm of
sculpture. For a while, it seemed banished from
the museum to the public space. Furthermore, it
threatened to become unrecognisable, as
practically all other artistic genres had
three-dimensional ambitions: think of the spatial
ways of presenting video-art or conceptual
installations. But today it re-conquers its own
unique identity. And it unmistakably claims its
place next to painting and other means of
expression as a discipline that might take on
many forms, but nonetheless is very much alive.
The Middelheim Museum wants to give this
development the attention it deserves.
The participating artists were not only invited
because they give sculpture an intriguing
contemporary face. They were also asked to
reflect on the theme of “consolation”. In
response, some of them created a whole new piece,
while for others it was part of what they had
been doing for years.
Consolation is something we have all experienced.
The artist deals with it in his own way, foremost
weighing this question: does he choose to console
his public, or will he deny them any consolation
Long Live Sculpture! gathers a great variety
among the artists. Some have worked with more
traditional materials such as wood or bronze,
others went to work with silicone and polyester.
Nature was a source of inspiration, but so were
comics and Hollywood movies. Some of the pieces
are gigantic, others very small. Together, these
works of art make a titillating exhibition.
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