Isa Genzken is one of the most important and influential female sculptors of our time. Yet, although she had a solo show at Chicago’s Renaissance Society, in 1992, she has never had a large-scale retrospective in an American museum. This exhibition of work by the Berlin-based German artist, organized jointly by MCA Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Dallas Museum of Art, seeks to correct that oversight, introducing American audiences to the breadth of Genzken’s 30-plus-year career.
This exhibition encompasses the artist’s work in all media, produced over the past four decades. Divided into chronological sections and arranged thematically within those sections, the exhibition presents these major works and series as nodal points that signal new phases or chapters in the artist’s oeuvre. Together with the accompanying catalogue, which will place Genzken’s work in an art historical context as well as trace her influence on an international array of sculptors working today, the exhibition secures Genzken’s legacy as a transgenerational force in international contemporary art.
- 01Weltempfanger, 1982
- 03Ellipsoids:Hyperbolos (four works on one pedestal)
- 04Ohr (Ear), 1980
- 05Weltempfanger, 1982
- 06My Brain
- 07Bild, 1989 (concrete sculpture)
- 08Basic Research, 1989-91 (six paintings on one wall)
- 09X-Ray photos, 1992 (3 works on one wall)
- 10X, 1992 and X-motif MLR, 1992
- 12I Love New York Crazy City, 1995:96 (3 books)
- 13Columns, 1990-2000 (single room of 6 sculptures)
- 14Fuck the Bauhaus, 2000 (6 sculptures)
- 15Empire: Vampire, 2003-04 (single room of 5 sculptures and 1 video)
- 17Ground Zero, 2007 (single room of 7 sculptures, 1 wall work and 1 video)