Wind I (David ), 2009

He can be seen in the back, all but concealed by various materials: Michelangelo’s “David”, who lends the work his name. The quintessence of all the beauty and strength Renaissance sculpture has to offer. Yet the marble hero retreats – or rather is deliberately covered up by the artist with material foreign to art.

A conglomeration of transparent and mirrored/darkened sheets of plastic foil, some of them spray-painted, the composition looks as though it has been ravaged by the “wind” – the work’s main title. In place of an ideal of beauty as classical as it is hackneyed, Isa Genzken proposes a new, contemporary concept of aesthetics. With its material abundance, Genzken’s assemblage enters space three-dimensionally, conquers a sculpture form of its own. The industrial materials with their utilitarian aesthetic serve as a filter between the classical work of art and our reception.

© Isa Genzken


Reflective sheet, polythene sheet, photograph, spray paint, varnish, adhesive tape and metal
198 × 300 cm
Inv. No. 2343
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