Nicole Eisenman, Sketch for a Fountain, 2017, bronze, plaster, and water basin, dimensions variable. Installation view, Skulptur Projekte Münster.

Münster Residents Fundraise to Keep Nicole Eisenman Sculpture

After last month’s second attack on Nicole Eisenman’s work featured as part of Skulptur Projekte Münster, local residents are raising money to install the artist’s work permanently in the city, according to a report by Catherine Hickley in the Art Newspaper. The exhibition closed on October 1, and Eisenman’s Sketch for a Fountain, 2017, was not on the list of sculptures that the curators of the exhibition recommended for purchase by the city and regional authority, due to the fact that only two figures in her work are bronze while the other three are in plaster, rendering it incapable of withstanding freezing temperatures and permanent display outside.

But citizens have already collected funds and invited the artist to Münster to discuss how to produce a more durable version. Jana Duda, a spokeswoman for Skulptur Projekte Münster, said, “We think this is great. We never thought of keeping it permanently, but now there is interest and money.” Duda noted that the desire to preserve the sculpture might partly stem from the abuse directed toward it over the course of the exhibition. Many Münster inhabitants were apparently outraged when the piece was vandalized with a swastika in September, an incident that followed the decapitation of one of the plaster figures earlier in the summer.

Since the first edition of this project in 1977, the city of Münster and the regional authority, the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe, have purchased thirty-nine works from the temporary exhibition for permanent display. Such pieces include Per Kirkeby’s bus shelter and two rings of concrete by Donald Judd. The artworks that the curators have recommended for permanent installation from the 2017 edition of Skulptur Projekte Münster include Alexandra Pirici’s Leaking Territories, Emeka Ogboh’s Passage Through the Moondog / Quiet Storm, and Oscar Tuazon’s Firebuilding (Burn the Formwork), all 2017.