The exhibition FIGUR! brings together selected masterpieces from the sculpture collection of the Von der Heydt Museum, some of which are being presented outside the museum walls for the first time. The show, curated by sculptor Tony Cragg and museum director Dr Roland Mönig, focuses on representations of the human figure created between the mid-19th century and the 1980s.
This epoch of artistic emancipation produced works that increasingly distanced themselves formally from the traditional ideal of naturalistic representation. For sculpture, this opened up previously unknown possibilities of expression. The exhibition illustrates the tremendous dynamism with which this process of aesthetic liberation took place in the course of modernity by juxtaposing examples of works from different periods of origin that have as their subject one of the original motifs of sculpture, namely the …
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Image above: Exhibition view Sculpture Park Waldfrieden, Figure! © Cragg Foundation, photo Süleyman Kayaalp