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Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010

05.05.2016 to 18.09.2016
Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart

Encompassing more than 300 works, "Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010" is the largest solo show to date of this major US artist, who pioneered a fundamentally different concept of sculpture. Carl Andre's oeuvre is presented in works from over five decades: Approximately 50 sculptures, over 200 poems, a group of rarely exhibited assemblages known as "Dada Forgeries" and a selection of photographs and ephemera allow audiences to trace the historical and aesthetic shifts and evolutions in Andre's artistic production.

The exhibition offers a compelling insight into the radically innovative rethinking of sculpture that Carl Andre (*1935, lives in New York City) pursues from the mid-1960s onwards. For the artist, sculpture becomes place and thereby redefines the role of the public and its experience of the artwork. On view are a unique selection of Andre's signature floor sculptures made of building and industrial materials such as bricks, metal squares, granite slabs and timber blocks, which the artist arranges into grid structures and linear trajectories. Likewise, the poems Andre composed from the 1950s onwards can be understood as a conceptual extension of his sculptures. This body of work forms another focal point of the exhibition.

Due to the upcoming exhibition „Anne Imhof Angst II the three sculptures by Carl Andre at the historical hall will be on display till August 29. The main part of the Carl Andre exhibition at the Rieckhallen of Hamburger Bahnhof will be closed September 18, 2016.

"Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010" is organized by Dia Art Foundation (curators: Yasmil Raymond / Philippe Vergne) in partnership with the Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The international tour of the exhibition is made possible by lead support from the Henry Luce Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art. Additional tour support is provided by the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte; The Brown Foundation, inc. of Houston and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Curator: Lisa Marei Schmidt / Assistant Curator: Veronika Riesenberg

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Übersicht der ausgestellten Gedichte Carl Andres (PDF, 94 KB)

Transkription des in der Ausstellung gezeigten Videos Carl Andre: A Video Portrait (1976) von Virginia Dwan (PDF, 106 KB)