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November 2000 to November 2001
10 Positions of Contemporary Sculpture
Whilst the Archangel Michael is busy triumphing over the devil in an elaborate baroque gesture in the museum hall and first-class sculptures mainly from the 12th to 16th centuries are exhibited thanks to the Härle Donation, we are launching a one-year inquiry into contemporary sculpture. “Volume” is the open-ended title of a series of exhibitions named “… in the Window” in the Diözesanmuseum, which will present ten different artistic positions, each lasting several weeks, all pertaining to the spatial relationships between bodies. Excluding sound and video sculptures, the series starts with works created with traditional techniques and materials – for example stone, clay and wood – which increasingly free themselves of these conditions and in order to follow installation procedures and methods and the inclusion of other media – for example drawings and photography.
Thus, the dialogical approach promoted by the Diözesanmuseum since 1993 once again leads to unfamiliar perspectives and makes more precise the central questions which evolve through contact with art: Do traditional sculptural criteria also apply to contemporary works? And vice versa: Does the experience of spatial installation enrich our knowledge of medieval sculpture?
For each exhibition, a booklet designed in cooperation with the artist will be published in the series “… in the Window” (32 pages, black and white, with illustrations). Individual exhibitions by Joseph Wolf, Heinz Breloh, Irmel Droese, Hans Peter Webel, Ruth Baumann, Monika Brandmeier, Bernhard Peters, Thomas Böing, Yuji Takeoka, Peter Zumthor.
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