From November 2019 to March 2020 the Kunsthalle Bielefeld focussed on sculpture. The exhibition entitled „L‘homme qui marche - Verkörperung des Sperrigen“ showed sculptures from classical modernism to the present day. Works by the following artists, among others, were represented: Martin Margiela, Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Lynn Chadwick, Bruce Nauman, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Thomas Schütte.
The concept for an appropriate presentation of the artistic works was influenced by various elements which had a decisive effect on the appearance of the exhibition design. First and foremost, of course, the works presented, their size, materiality and chromaticity. How do these works of art relate to each other, but also in correspondence with their immediate surrounding, in this case the architecture of the museum, were central questions.
As with the anniversary exhibition, a particular challenge was to create a dialogue between art and architecture through the use of different materials—to create a coherence. The unique colours of the works, but also of the Kunsthalle, in particular the strongly iridescent teakwood floor in the exhibition rooms and the sandstone of the monumental walls, form the starting point for the choice of the wall colour and the pedestal colours; solid cubes in changing stone hues and formats. Like freely arranged monoliths, they grow out of the exhibition areas, the fine colour nuances and formats of the various pedestals are matched to the respective sculpture. A striking, colourful wall design that sets itself apart from the other walls will once again be an eye-catcher, as it was at the anniversary exhibition. Like a large banner, it spreads out along the central staircase over all three exhibition levels and is both an information carrier and a guidance system, alongside which the visitor climbs the steps.
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