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Isa Genzken

Schwarz-gelbes Ellipsoid ‘Kümmel’, 1981

Lacquer on wood
157 1/2 × 4 7/10 × 3 1/10 in
400 × 12 × 8 cm
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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Amsterdam
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Isa Genzken
German, b. 1948
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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”).

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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Amsterdam
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© Photo Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Isa Genzken
German, b. 1948
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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”).

Isa Genzken

Schwarz-gelbes Ellipsoid ‘Kümmel’, 1981

Lacquer on wood
157 1/2 × 4 7/10 × 3 1/10 in
400 × 12 × 8 cm
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