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Manfred Pernice

German, b. 1963

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Manfred Pernice

German, b. 1963

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Installation artist Manfred Pernice uses shipping containers and packaging to create site-specific sculptures and spatial interventions. His constructions—sometimes architectural, sometimes more scattered—might incorporate recognizable forms like a house or a bookcase, yet are tinged with a sense of the absurd and the ambiguous. Speaking of his choice of materials, Pernice has said: “The container is a metaphor since these pieces are not built to be usable storage or shipping boxes. Rather, the installation is an abstraction of the strange situation of containers, where all sorts of disparate things are organized together for a certain period of time, just as in an exhibition.” Often compared to Gordon Matta-Clark, Pernice sees his work as a commentary on the segmentation and “canning” of space (cans being another container he frequently uses); he frequently attempts to draw attention to marginal or transitional spaces.

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Haus der Kunst, and 1 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 5 more
Biography

Installation artist Manfred Pernice uses shipping containers and packaging to create site-specific sculptures and spatial interventions. His constructions—sometimes architectural, sometimes more scattered—might incorporate recognizable forms like a house or a bookcase, yet are tinged with a sense of the absurd and the ambiguous. Speaking of his choice of materials, Pernice has said: “The container is a metaphor since these pieces are not built to be usable storage or shipping boxes. Rather, the installation is an abstraction of the strange situation of containers, where all sorts of disparate things are organized together for a certain period of time, just as in an exhibition.” Often compared to Gordon Matta-Clark, Pernice sees his work as a commentary on the segmentation and “canning” of space (cans being another container he frequently uses); he frequently attempts to draw attention to marginal or transitional spaces.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Haus der Kunst, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 5 more