|Miroslaw Balka’s sculpture is very much related
to his body: not by portraying his body
but rather by reflecting its dimensions and
reducing it to simple geometrical forms.
Balka makes use of simple industrial materials
(steel and concrete), but also likes
incorporating whatever he finds in his everyday
surroundings. Here at Kunstparterre a
construction made of iron will take possession
of, or circumscribe, the gallery, while at
the same time establishing a physical
-almost threatening– relationship with the
observer’s visual field.
Miroslaw Balka lives and works in Warsaw.
This is his first exhibition in Munich even
though he has already participated in important
international presentations: Venice
Biennale 1990, 1993 and 2005; Documenta
IX, 1992; “Rites of Passage”, Tate Gallery
London 1995; Sao Paulo Biennale, 1998;
and “New to the Modern”, New York
Museum of Modern Art, 2001. Individual
exhibitions: K 21 Düsseldorf, 2006; Irish
Museum of Modern Art Dublin 2007.
|Ursula Schulz-Dornburg time and again sets
out in search of a place to which she is
attuned, so-to-speak “the place” that already
exists in her thoughts as a kind of premonition.
Perhaps her photographs can also
be called “landscape sculpture”. At Kunstparterre
she will work, in the broadest sense,
with the space extraneous to Balka’s
constructions and the walls.
Ursula Schulz-Dornburg lives in Düsseldorf
but a large part of her work happens when
she is “on the road”, frequently in the solitude
of remote areas. Work-cycles with such titles
as “Ararat”, “Vanished Landscapes”, “Solar
Position”, “Border Landscapes”,
“Memoryscape”, and “Places of Transit” were
shown at: the Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover
1981; Art Institute of Chicago, 1997; IVAM
Valencia, 2002; AEDES Gallery, Berlin 2004
and 2008; and most recently Museum
Ludwig Cologne 2006, Bilbao’s Fundacion
BBK and the Musée de la Ville de Paris with
“La Photographie à Düsseldorf” in 2008.