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Eva Birkenstock

Isa Genzken, Nofretete, 2014, seven Nefertiti busts with sunglasses, seven wooden plinths on casters, four steel panels. Installation view, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2015–16. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij.

1 ISA GENZKEN (STEDELIJK MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM; CURATED BY BEATRIX RUF AND MARTIJN VAN NIEUWENHUYZEN) The first show I saw in 2016 was Genzken’s arresting survey. This comprehensive presentation of her radical, inventive oeuvre of the past four decades was expressed through an intriguing curatorial concept: Rather than following a strict chronological order, the presentation expanded into an open course of carefully arranged constellations dispersed throughout the Stedelijk’s generous space. This allowed for captivating juxtapositions—of recent and early works, of well-known and rarely seen objects—that actualized not only interconnections and idiosyncrasies highlighted by the exhibition but the inner logic of this anarchistic, constantly evolving body of work itself.

Co-organized with Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin.

2 ULRIKE MÜLLER AND “ALWAYS, ALWAYS, OTHERS: NON-CLASSICAL FORAYS

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