ÜberNatur – Natural Takeover, the 10th biannual KönSkulptur exhibition of contemporary outdoor sculpture, addresses notions of "nature" and the complex ways it is represented and examined, domesticated and despoiled. Inspired by the location of the public park, wedged between the Rhine, the Cologne Zoo, the Flora and the adjacent Botanical Garden, this latest iteration of KönSkulptur includes eight new artworks in the Skulpturenpark Köln, a unique exhibition venue featuring loaned works from past KönSkulptur exhibitions, interspersed amongst the permanent collection amassed by Michael and Eleonore Stoffel. These eight new works disrupt and destabilise ideas of "nature" through interventions and core concerns that decenter the primacy of the human and open up vistas of communal ecology and care.
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Exhibition August 01, 2020 -
KönSkulptur #10 opens amid a devastating global pandemic, triggered by the rare spillover of a virus from wild animals to humans. Facilitated by ever-
Spur (2015) by Lois Weinberger can be read as the lodestar around which this year’s exhibition revolves. Commissioned for KönSkulptur #8, it is a 60-
Size does not define the significance of sculptural work. Often something that starts very small can have a large impact, as seen in the current pandemic. Some of the works in KönSkulptur #10 diverge from the expected scale of outdoor sculpture. The exhibition thus undulates between the smallest piece by Ayşe Erkmen and the largest by Dane Mitchell. Erkmen’s contribution consists of a replica of Lonely George, a Hawaiian tree snail, the last of its species, which died in 2019 after scientists spent fourteen years unsuccessfully trying to find it a mate. Mitchell’s work, meanwhile, features two artificial trees designed to camouflage mobile data antennae and surveillance equipment, originally mass-
The crux of today’s "new normal" is the need for communication, understanding and negotiation. Mary Bauermeister’s sculpture Rüezahl can, therefore, be read as the nucleus of KönSkulptur #10. Her artistic intervention offers visitors a place to sit, reflect and contemplate, opening up a space where care, attentiveness and taking one’s time have value, a space where nature can take hold.
Mary Bauermeister, John Bock, Tom Burr, James Lee Byars, Nina Canell, Leelee Chan, Edith Dekyndt, Bogomir Ecker, Ayşe Erkmen, Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Barry Flanagan, Sou Fujimoto, Dan Graham, Lena Henke, Jenny Holzer, Bethan Huws, Leiko Ikemura, Anish Kapoor, Stefan Kern, Hubert Kiecol, Per Kirkeby, Klara Lidé, Dane Mitchell, Katja Novitskova, Jorge Pardo, Mandla Reuter, Ulrich Rükriem, Michael Sailstorfer, Karin Sander, Thomas Schüte, Joel Shapiro, Andreas Slominski, Mauro Staccioli, Mark di Suvero, Rosemarie Trockel, Simon Ungers, Bernar Venet, Bernard Voïa, Paul Wallach, Lois Weinberger, Martin Willing, Guan Xiao, Trevor Yeung, Heimo Zobernig
Curator: Tobias Berger
Assistant curator: Anna Czerlitzki
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Candice Lin, A Robot Spoke What My Father Wrote, 2019. Photo: Ian Byers-
Katja Novitskova, Approximation (corn snakes hatching), 2017. Courtesy of the artist; Kraupa-