Commemorating its 20th birthday this year, Skupturenpark Köln opens its ninth edition of “KölnSkulptur” this Sunday, October 15th. Named “La Fin de Babylone” – the title intents to evoke the dream of a new beginning for culture and society –, the exhibition features new, site-specific works by eight international artists, two of them Brazilian: PIPA Prize 2016 nominee Pedro Wirz and Solange Pessoa.
Founded in 1997 by Cologne art collector Michael Stoffel, the public park is described as a “place for exploration of contemporary sculpture” and has no permanent collection. Instead, every two years all of its works are replaced. Featuring both existing works by almost 40 artists and another eight works specifically produced for the exhibition, “KölnSculptur #9” was curated by Spanish curator Chus Martínez, who saw the experience as an opportunity to propose a kind of utopia in the park.
“Imagine that the production of these eight, new site-specific works join the already existing ones in the parcours is key to the beginning of a new world. What I ask of you is not only to walk through the park and discover the different works but to also see their existence as the wonder that may affect the world order,” writes Chus in the introductory text to the show. “This may be the reason why the different pieces that comprise this edition are rather unmonumental. They already embody an enormous ambition to affect the real, to touch us in such a way that every bit of skepticism of and cynicism towards the importance of art might be erased. And once liberated from the burden of doubt, we will all experience a new joy.”
“KölnSculptur #9”, group show featuring Andrea Büttner, Claudia Comte, Jan Kiefer, Eduardo Navarro, Solange Pessoa, Lin May SaEed, Teresa Solar and Pedro Wirz
Curated by Chus Martínez
On view from October 15th, 2017, through June 2019