Cologne

Pia Stadtbäumer

Johnen + Schöttle

What is the human body? Simply flesh and water, doomed to decay after death, or a flesh-and-water vessel for something ephemeral, for something intangible and invisible? This question has plagued human minds since the beginning of time, and both religion and art have attempted to answer this difficult issue. The representation of the human body almost disappeared from Modern sculpture; abstract and geometric forms have often merely feigned a reconciliation of this body/spirit dichotomy.

Pia Stadtbäumer, a young artist from Düsseldorf, has taken up this question with renewed vigor. In this, her first solo exhibition, she showed a total of three sculptures, all of which depict the human body or parts of it. In one corner of the gallery, roughly at chest height, three black heads and three white heads were horizontally arranged on long stands in Sechs Köpfe (Six heads, 1990). They are molded

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