previews

  • Isa Genzken, Spielautomat, 1999–2000.

    Isa Genzken

    Museum Ludwig
    Heinrich-Böll-Platz
    August 15–November 15, 2009

    Curated by Nina Gülicher, Kasper König, and Andrea Tarsia

    Those who missed out on Isa Genzken’s massive German-pavilion installation at the 2007 Venice Biennale will have the chance to catch up on her entire oeuvre this summer. The Ludwig’s major retrospective—an expanded edition of Genzken’s Whitechapel Gallery survey currently on view in London through June 21—opens in mid-August with more than seventy works from 1976 on. While her output remains distinctly sculptural, the Berlin-based artist weaves an array of media—film, photography, collage, drawing, and everyday objects—into her often fragile-looking constructions. Expect a selection of sharply articulated forms that evoke whole realms of technology, architecture, and design, underscoring Genzken’s consistently precise eye and acute sense of social forces at play. Iwona Blazwick, Yve-Alain Bois, Penelope Curtis, Donna De Salvo, and Tom McDonough contribute to the show’s substantial catalogue.