• “De Statua”

    Stedelijk Van Abbe-Museum

    A sculpture exhibition whose participants ranged in age from 36 (Giuseppe Penone) to 62 (Joseph Beuys) in age clearly did not aim to show the latest developments in the field. Yet with the recent work of these 14 well-known artists, museum director Rudi Fuchs sought to develop new criteria for the making of sculpture. “De Statua,” the rather solemn title of both exhibition and catalogue, refers to an essay by Leon Battista Alberti, the Renaissance architect and theoretician. In it Alberti outlined two ways of sculpture: “Some proceed by adding and taking away, such as those who work in wax or

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