Encompassing more than 300 works, “Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010” is the largest solo show to date of this major US artist, who pioneered a fundamentally different concept of sculpture. Carl Andre’s oeuvre is presented in works from over five decades: Approximately 50 sculptures, over 200 poems, a group of rarely exhibited assemblages known as “Dada Forgeries” and a selection of photographs and ephemera allow audiences to trace the historical and aesthetic shifts and evolutions in Andre’s artistic production.
The exhibition offers a compelling insight into the radically innovative rethinking of sculpture that Carl Andre (*1935, lives in New York City) pursues from the mid-1960s onwards. For the artist, sculpture becomes place and thereby redefines the role of the public and its experience of the artwork. On view are a unique selection of Andre’s signature floor sculptures made of building and industrial materials such as bricks, metal squares, granite slabs and timber blocks, which the artist arranges into grid structures and linear trajectories. Likewise, the poems Andre composed from the 1950s onwards can be understood as a conceptual extension of his sculptures. This body of work forms another focal point of the exhibition.