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Drawings and Sculptures from the Deutsche Bank Collection:
"Dialog Skulptur" at the Kunstforum Seligenstadt

Karl Hartung, Mittlerer Torso, 1948 (Bronze Sculpture)
Deutsche Bank Collection

Joseph Beuys once said that "everything is sculpture". With its approximately 100 works selected from the Deutsche Bank Collection, the exhibition Dialog Skulptur, which runs from February 24 through April 24 2005 at the Kunstforum Seligenstadt, examines the change in the concept of sculpture – beginning with Classic Modernism and carrying through to the present day. Max Beckmann, Joseph Beuys, Bruce Nauman, Tony Cragg, and Andrea Zittel are only a few of the international artists whose works testify to just how multi-faceted artistic research can be.

In its juxtaposition of sculptures and works on paper, Dialog Skulptur investigates the reciprocal relationships between the media drawing and painting. Drawing has long since ceased to possess a merely preliminary function preparing the leap from a "flat" representation into the third dimension of sculpture. More than any other medium, works on paper document the processes and working steps of artistic production. Notes, fleeting ideas, initial compositions, but also autonomous visual works can be recorded on paper. While sculpture underwent a transformation from object to concept in the Minimal Art, Conceptual Art, and Fluxus works of the sixties, even two-dimensional works, texts, music, performances, or social interaction can be declared sculpture.

Tobias Rehberger, Tout pour les Femmes, 2001
Deutsche Bank Collection

Martin Kippenberger, Untitled (Tisch), 1995 and
Untitled (Stuhl), 1995
Deutsche Bank Collection

While works such as Ernst Barlach’s wooden sculpture Pregnant Girl (1924), Hans Arp’s The Shell of Venus (1958), or Renee Sintenis’ bronze figure Daphne (1930) reflect upon the tradition of Classic Modernism, Dialog Skulptur’s main focus is on the international movements in post-war art: with Joseph Beuys, Dieter Roth, Inge Mahn , Richard Artschwager, and Ulrich Rückriem, artistic positions are introduced that have been radically expanding sculpture’s sphere of action since the sixties. As representatives of a younger generation, artists such as Günther Förg, Stephan Balkenhol, Olaf Metzel, Martin Kippenberger, Anish Kapoor, Karin Sander, Tobias Rehberger, and Olafur Eliasson are present in the exhibition. Another highlight is the Maquette for Sun Disc/Moon Shadow V (1956-58), the steel sculpture by the famous American sculptor Louise Nevelson, who will be traveling for the first time from New York to Germany for the occasion.

Ever since it was founded, the Deutsche Bank Collection, the largest corporate collection worldwide, has been concentrating chiefly on works with and on paper, presenting them in bank buildings and international museum exhibitions around the globe. Now, on the occasion of the collection’s 25th anniversary, Dialog Skulptur is offering an opportunity to get to know a number of different forms of artistic investigation into issues of space and corporeality while providing unique insight into a living piece of collecting history.

Louise Nevelson, Maquette for Sun Disc/Moon Shadow V, 1976-78
Deutsche Bank Collection