Comeback of Sculpture

Painting hype was yesterday. In 2007, the art world is celebrating the "Return to Sculpture". Following the Frankfurt Fine Art Fair in April, a number of important art events this summer all stand under the sign of sculpture - from Isa Genzken's contribution in the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale to "skulptur projekte münster '07." Tim Ackermann about the new passion for the three-dimensional

Isa Genzken's Sculptures

What does it mean to be modern? For over 35 years Isa Genzken has dealt with this question in her art, working with different media - installation, photography, video, collage, and repeatedly sculpture. At the pinnacle of her career, Isa Genzken is now artistically shaping the German Pavilion at the 52nd Biennale in Venice. Brigitte Werneburg and Oliver Koerner von Gustorf on the exceptional artist.

Tony Cragg: Interview

Tony Cragg makes bronze, stone, and steel swing: his sculptures tower high above, spiral upwards into the air, twist and turn on their own axis, or curl in on themselves to create winding, abstract forms. In 2006, the Turner prizewinner bought a villa in Wuppertal; he is currently planning a sculpture park for its spacious garden. Brigitte Werneburg visited the artist in his studio.

Manfred Pernice: Portrait

Slapdash installations made of plywood, containers, oversized cans - the dry do-it-yourself look of Manfred Pernice's works is fascinating. His seemingly makeshift constructions have made the "best-known unknown artist in Berlin" into a new international shooting star of sculpture. Tim Ackermann discovers the emotional narratives concealed beneath the works' sober surfaces.

Sculpture Superstar

2007 is the year of sculpture. The spring marked the comeback of the three-dimensional object with the Berlin exhibition "Sculpture Today!", which celebrated the power of the material. After that, the Frankfurt Art Fair "Quality Street" presented its selection of sculpture with almost museum-like quality. Sculpture is also currently playing a major role in the three-part Hannover show "Made in Germany." And then there's the "skulptur projekte münster". Every ten years, this exhibition takes stock of the current state of art in public space. The Leipzig School has been dismissed early due to the heat wave, while sculpture is back with a vengeance – more than enough reason to dedicate our latest issue to the discipline. We’re introducing artists that represent highly individual positions in the field and that can be seen in numerous exhibitions of this year +++ More than just a trend: sculpture's comeback +++ He forms stainless steel to create shiny spirals, bends plastic into cowering aliens – the sculptor Tony Cragg makes his material swing +++ Minimalist wooden sculptures, world receivers made of cement, poles covered in reflective foil, material collages situated somewhere between elegance, trash, and war scene. For over thirty years, Isa Genzken has been exploring sculpture's boundaries. Now, she's realizing her project OIL for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale +++ Whether he constructs bunkers from plywood or oversized cans, Manfred Pernice's austere constructions are always brimming with allusions to social reality and German history.