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Manfred Pernice

Hamburger Bahnhof

A faint, unmistakable odor filled the air: sawdust. As a recipient of the Piepenbrock Sculpture Prize 2000, Manfred Pernice actually set up an atelier in the Hamburger Bahnhof. By adding freshly cut sculptures to completed pieces, the Berlin-based artist essentially transformed his award exhibition into a work in progress. Those who attended only the opening ended up missing most of the show.

Although the studio was located within the exhibition space, Pernice did not turn the exhibition into a performance. The artist’s working space remained off-limits to the public, its entry sealed with a padlock. Apart from the scent of sawdust, a green industrial dust collector was the only other evident sign of production. Pernice’s preference for building materials—chipboard, pressed wood and plywood, often secondhand, sometimes painted, and occasionally decorated with images—made all of

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