Wondering how to navigate Münster? The city transforms itself every ten years with Skulptur Projekte Münster into a mecca for the art world. We have mapped it all for you so download Exhibitionary and you don’t have to spend precious little time in this scenic city lost.
Summer is surely the right moment to discover the art world’s circles and cycles. So let us guide you with the perfect route around Skulptur Projekte. A review in Artforum 1997 began “One of the most interesting aspects of the Münster Sculpture Show was simply walking around, trying to find the work. Since the site-specific pieces were frequently designed to blend in with their surroundings.” To distinguish what is art and what is life just favorite where you want to visit and easily follow the map.
Between Cappuccino mornings in the – hopefully – sun-soaked city and (headache producing) Negroni nights, some major paradigm shifts can be seen. Every decade or so new dynamics, as well as reappraisals of retro-styles, are agreed on. Circles of the like-minded and well-connected players define new discourses and come to be associated with a movement (or simply a good party).
No event seems to track the cyclic epochs as well as the decennial Skulptur Projekte Münster, curated since its inception by legendary Kasper König (assisted by a changing team of co-curators). In 1977 König put Münster on the map and shocked its inhabitants by hosting one of the first major postmodern and (post)minimalist shows in Europe. He seemed to bring into existence Rosalind E. Krauss’ 1979 essay “Sculpture in the Expanded Field” as he selected nine artists including Carl Andre, Donald Judd, and Richard Serra. By 1987 the city was proud to host this ‘new art’ whatever that entailed. As König said, “everyone was less resistant to contemporary art” which was perfect for the Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Rebecca Horn and Jeff Koons generation. The 90s marked our favorite generation of artists, the still influential group associated with Relational Aesthetics. This year's selection includes Pierre Huyghe, Cosima von Bonin, and Cerith Wyn Evans and is a testament to the growing and lasting place in art history that these giants of the relational occupy 20 years later. Besides these elder statesmen we look forward to the artists defining our current moment; Hito Steyerl and Nairy Baghramian as well as emerging artists like Emeka Ogboh (an absolute star of Documenta 14), Ei Arakawa, Michael Dean, Peles Empire, and Oscar Tuazon.
We promise to make your pilgrimage to this far-flung city one filled with discovery, having mapped not only the current projects but also all the works from former editions of Skulptur Projekte that can still be seen. Some of them are not in their original site but a pure pleasure to find. Münster is engulfed by the city-wide sculpture event but this is not the end of the art to see, there are also incredible art institutions that mount first-class exhibitions. At Westfälischer Kunstverein you can see an exhibition of one of our favorite post-minimalist artists Tom Burr titled “Surplus of Myself.” Burr has for a long time brought a sensitivity, queer melancholia, and evacuation to reductivist sculptural forms. Across town, the Kunsthalle will present the second part of the Wu Tsang exhibition “Devotional Document (Part 2),” which is also not to be missed.
Let Exhibitionary be your guide and see what you can discover in Münster!