“New Sculptures”

Middelheim Museum

The city of Antwerp, the cultural capital of Europe in 1993, has maintained an outdoor sculpture park in Middenheim since 1950. There are about 450 works—ranging from Rodin to Calder to Zadkine—in the impressive Arenal, a large park with wooded and meadow areas. This exhibition of new sculptures is limited to one area of the park and serves to update the holdings in contemporary sculpture. Ten contemporary artists—Isa Genzken, Harald Klingelhöller, Per Kirkeby, Richard Deacon, Panamarenko, Didier Vermeiren, Thomas Schütte, Bernd Lohaus, Matt Mullican, and Juan Muñoz—placed their sculptures (permanently) in confrontation with the natural elements of the park. The results were mixed.

On the one hand, there is the artists’ subjective interpretation of the formal interplay between art and nature. On the other, the exhibition is a theoretical event that aspires to other levels. Sculpture in

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