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Isa Genzken: Retrospective, MCA Chicago, April 12-August 3, 2014

Collection: The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Susan and Leonard Feinstein and an anonymous donor.

About Isa Genzken

Using insubstantial commercial materials to depict what seems indestructible, Isa Genzken’s sculptures explore the tension between permanence and transience. Drawing on the legacies of Constructivism and Minimalism and often involving a critical dialogue with Modernist architecture, Genzken’s works comment on the way we build and destroy our environments, which are an expression of hope as well as a monument to our consumption and destructiveness. Following 9/11, Genzken created a series entitled “Empire/Vampire, Who Kills Death” (2002–03), using her characteristic assortment of disposable materials such as plastic vessels, toy figures, and other detritus to depict scenes of post-apocalyptic devastation and confusion. For her installation Oil, the artist transformed the German Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale into a saturnine and futuristic Gesamtkunstwerk (the German word for “total art-work”).

German, b. 1948, Bad Oldesloe, Germany, based in Berlin, Germany

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Isa Genzken: Make Yourself Pretty!, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
2016
Isa Genzken: Two Orchids, Public Art Fund, New York
2015
Isa Genzken: Mach Dich Hübsch!, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam
2014
Isa Genzken: Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Chicago
2013
Isa Genzken, neugerriemschneider

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2014
Installment 2: The Collection, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
2014
Installment 1: Inaugural Exhibition, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris