New York

New York

“Isa Genzken: Retrospective”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
November 23–March 10, 2013

Curated by Sabine Breitwieser, Laura Hoptman, Michael Darling, and Jeffrey Grove

From the retro-Futurist Ellipsoids of her first solo show in 1976, when she was still a student at the Arts Academy in Düsseldorf, to her newest expansive, mannequin-filled installation Schauspieler (Actors), 2013, German artist Isa Genzken has reanimated sculpture in strikingly revisionist ways. Genzken quickly departed from her early negotiations of Minimalism and post-Minimalism to hybridize the languages of modernist abstraction and the crass materialism of vernacular culture, exemplified by the aptly titled series of sculptural-architectural models “Fuck the Bauhaus,” 2000. The artist’s first US retrospective, encompassing forty years of her multifarious work, will explore the evolution of a practice that broke open the category of sculpture to include paintings, photographs, artists’ books, drawing, and film—a trajectory to be further charted in the exhibition catalogue.

Travels to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Apr. 12– Aug. 3, 2014; Dallas Museum of Art, Sept. 14, 2014–Jan. 4, 2015.