Sarah Oppenheimer in “Negative Space. Trajectories of Sculpture” at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

Negative Space. Trajectories of Sculpture
Skulptur und Installation im 20./21. Jahrhundert
Group show
April 6, 2019–August 11, 2019

Since classical antiquity the history of Western sculpture has been closely related to the idea of the body. Informed by this conception, historical sculpture rests on three elementary categories — mass, volume, and gravity — whether it is body-related as with Auguste Rodin or abstract as with Richard Serra. The seminal achievement of twentieth-century artists was that they conceived sculpture from the starting point of space. The results were not sculptures of bodies, but instead spatial sculptures: spatial lines and contours, spatial constructions and illusions, free spaces, surrounding spaces, hollow spaces, in-between spaces, worlds of mirrors, light, and shadow, data spaces, installations, and immersive environments. The sculpture of the twentieth century is pendent, not standing; not ponderous but floating; not full but empty, airy, and light; not opaque but diaphanous; not real but virtual; not massy but slim. With its 200 exemplary artworks the exhibition Negative Space — Trajectories of Sculpture tells a new story of sculpture in the twentieth and twentyfirst centuries.

More on the exhibition here

Image: Sarah Oppenheimer, l-131311, installation view, 2018, von Bartha, S-chanf

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