Artist Nicole Eisenman’s sculpture at Skulptur Projekte Münster has been vandalized once again, this time with swastikas and other graffiti, according to a report by Artnews. Last summer, her piece in the exhibition, Sketch for a Fountain, 2017, a plaster and bronze fountain with four figures, suffered the beheading of one its figures, a defacement which was part of a series of several attacks on works in the exhibition. Police are investigating this new incident.
On her private Facebook page, Eisenman considered this crime in the context of the recent rise of the AfD—the far-right Alternative for Germany political party—ahead of the upcoming German election. The team behind Skulptur Projekte Münster released a statement today about the second act of aggression against this particular piece, as well as the graffiti discovered on a nearby statue of eighteenth-century feminist poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff: “We are deeply disgusted by such a violation and understand this as an attack against the values of the work.” They further noted: “Both artworks were exposed to a fascist form of violence, a violence that homo-, trans-, and intersexual people have to face in real life everyday in many places . . . We express our solidarity with people of any color or sexual identity and we strongly condemn the murderous propaganda of all right-wing parties.”
For more on Skulptur Projekte Münster, see Benjamin H. D. Buchloh’s take on the exhibition, and on the Fifty-Seventh Venice Biennale and Documenta 14, in the September issue of Artforum.