Nicole Eisenman, Sketch for a Fountain, 2017. Courtesy of artnet News.
Every ten years, a small German town hosts a major public art exhibition, attracting international acclaim. In it's fifth season, Skulptor Projekte Münster, takes years of planning with artist proposals that are as diverse and wide ranging as the international perspectives they all stem from. With no theme or common factor, Skulptor Projekte has continuously created a display that proclaims artist and work as priority. Anything is possible and this limitless nature is what makes this once-a-decade experience utterly unique and attractive for any art enthusiast. In its 100 day run, the exhibition expects to bring in 600,000 people, double Münster's population.
This year's roster features artists such as Nicole Eisenman (seen above), Berlin-based group Peles Empire, Nora Schultz, Pierre Huyghe, Gregor Schneider, and Cosima von Bonin & Tom Burr. Skulptor Projekte Münster also has a prolific past featuring such artists as Claes Oldenburg, Bruce Nauman, Mike Kelley, and Katharina Fritsch, Donald Judd, Richard Serra, and Carl Andre. Since its opening in 1977, the two constants of the public art mogul are its location and its head curator, Kasper König.
König began Skulptor Projekte in 1970 in reaction to Münster and their public outcry against a contemporary artwork that had been displayed in the town. In an effort to introduce contemporary sculpture, König created the public art exhibition and has consequently made Münster one of the contemporary sculpture capitals of the world. So much so, that the city has actually purchased more than 35 of the shown pieces, making them permanent fixtures on display.
Backed by a strong history, Skulptor Projekte Münster presents another spectacular showcase of contemporary sculpture as well as performance pieces for 2017. Some highlights include Pierre Huyghe's unused ice rink turned interactive living organism, that is controlled by specific changes in temperature and humidity levels reflecting the rate of cell growth, change, and mutation. Partially nostalgic is Cosima von Bonin & Tom Burr's collaborative installation, a large loading truck that sits out front of the Kunstverein, obstructing the view of the large, bronze statue permanently placed there. The loading truck is supposed to suggest perhaps the removal of the statue, making a reference to a time when Münster was not quite so keen on progressive art installations, bringing the entire exhibition full circle.
Pierre Huyghe, After ALife Ahead, 2017. Courtesy of artnet News.
Cosima von Bonin & Tom Burr, Benz Bonin Burr, 2017. Courtesy of artnet News.