April 14, 2010 - ART COLOGNE - Large-format contemporary sculptures and installations
April 14, 2010

Large-format contemporary sculptures and installations

Yin Xiuzhen
Collective Unconscious (2007)
COURTESY ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN / BEIJING

Large-format contemporary sculptures and installations
21 – 25 April 2010

Vernissage on Tuesday,
20 April, 5 pm

Axa Art Professional Preview
on Tuesday, 20 April, 12 pm
www.artcologne.com

ART COLOGNE 2010 opens its doors on the 21 of April. Visitors will be greeted with a display of large-format sculptures and installations. Both the forecourt and the south entrance of the Cologne Trade Fair Centre will be turned into an exhibition space, forming an exciting prologue to the high-calibre exhibition in Hall 11. Last year’s sculpture show – launched for the first time – proved a big attraction. This year’s show features eleven sculptures and installations by leading contemporary artists including John Chamberlain, Bruno Gironcoli, Yin Xiuzhen, Victor Vasarely, Joseph Zehrer, Victor Burgin and Josephine Meckseper.

The Austrian sculptor Bruno Gironcoli passed away in February and Munich-based gallery Karl Pfefferle will present his monumental aluminium cast, Untitled (1996-2004). Galerie Lange + Pult (Zurich) are showing twenty oversized Rocking Chairs (2009) by French artist Lilian Bourgeat at the south entrance. Occupying the forecourt, the Rocking Chairs invite visitors to take a creative pause where tactile experience meets function.

Chinese artist Yin Xiuzhen’s installation titled Collective Unconscious (2007) is a further exhibit calling for communicative interaction between the viewer and the artwork (Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin and Beijing). An equivalent piece was recently exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and highly praised by both – public and critics. Stuttgart based Galerie Reinhard Hauff will present a 2009 work by the New York-based artist Josephine Meckseper, Untitled (Oil Rig No. 2). Meckseper is a 2010 Whitney Biennial exhibitor. Galerie Christian Nagel (Cologne and Berlin) will show an installation by Joseph Zehrer titled Karussell (1999-2000). Düsseldorf gallerist Hans Mayer will show a 10 metre-long aluminium wall sculpture by Victor Vasarely, one of the originators of Op art. Executed in 1963, the work, Untitled, creates extraordinary spatial effects. Two galleries contributing work by leading contemporary sculptors are Löhrl (Mönchengladbach), presenting Stephan Balkenhol’s Doppelköpfiger Drache, and Karsten Greve (Cologne, Paris and St. Moritz), who is presenting John Chamberlain’s Deadeye Dick (1982). The entrance area show also includes a six-part installation by Victor Burgin titled Object Relations (1988) staged by Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne. Florian Neufeldt is showing a work titled The Feast (2009). Neufeldt is one of the artists contributing to Jeppe Hein’s artistic project titled ‘Circus Hein’. The colourful and exciting ‘Circus Hein’ project is the centrepiece of this year’s ‘Open Space’. It creates a framework for extraordinary visual and aesthetic experiences overlaid with all the buzz of the circus. Off-site in the city another ‘Circus Hein’ artist Kaspar Bonnén is showing Please come, I am leaving (2007), staged in the winter garden of the Excelsior Hotel Ernst linking ART COLOGNE with the city of Cologne. Another link between ART COLOGNE and events in the city is a carnival float carrying the slogan ‘Ihr seid Künstler und wir nicht!‘ [You're artists, we are not]. The float is part of a protest action launched by the Cologne art world against the demolition of Wilhelm Riphahn’s Schauspielhaus in Cologne. The float will stay in the forecourt of the south entrance for the duration of the Fair.

List of Works:
Stephan Balkenhol – Doppelköpfiger Drache, 1992 – Löhrl
Kaspar Bonnén – Please come, I am leaving, 2007 – Circus Hein
Lilian Bourgeat – Rocking Chairs, 2009 –Lange + Pult
Victor Burgin – Object Relations, 1988 – Thomas Zander
John Chamberlain – Deadeye Dick, 1982 – Karsten Greve
Bruno Gironcoli – Untitled, 1996/2004 – Karl Pfefferle
Josephine Meckseper – Untitled (Oil Rig No. 2), 2009 – Reinhard Hauff
Florian Neufeldt – The Feast, 2009 – Circus Hein
Victor Vasarely – Untitled, 1963 – Hans Mayer
Yin Xiuzhen – Collective Unconscious, 2007 – Alexander Ochs
Joseph Zehrer – Karussell,1999-2000 – Christan Nagel

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