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Inge Mahn

Inge Mahn and Nora Schulz (group show)
Villa Salve Hospes, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig
9 September - 12 November 2017

Säule, Gipssack ziehend (Column, pulling a bag of plaster), 1988. Courtesy of the artist and Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf. Photo: Simon Vogel, Cologne
Säule, Gipssack ziehend (Column, pulling a bag of plaster), 1988. Courtesy of the artist and Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf. Photo: Simon Vogel, Cologne

Presented in this dual exhibition are the works of Inge Mahn and Nora Schultz, representing not only two different positions in sculpture but also two artist generations.

Whereas Inge Mahn explores common assumptions about everyday objects and offers a new view on the ordinary through her sculptures, Nora Schultz is concerned with the dematerialization of sculpture. Filmed by drones, the materiality of her works recedes into the background through this translation into film, causing the sculptural work to occupy an intermediary realm between the tangibly real and virtually visible.

Kunstverein Braunschweig


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Inge Mahn

K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf
1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Inge Mahn, Installation view, K21 Ständehaus, 2017. Photo: Achim Kukulies. Courtesy the artist and Kunstsammlung NRW.
Inge Mahn, Installation view, K21 Ständehaus, 2017. Photo: Achim Kukulies. Courtesy the artist and Kunstsammlung NRW.

The objects created by Inge Mahn (born in Cieszyn in 1943), many of them largeformat, are reduced to simple geometric forms, and betray a certain proximity to Minimalism. The surfaces of these cuboids, arches, spheres, and columns are by no means perfect, but are instead rough, irregular. They are consistently white – this artist’s preferred material being plaster. The forms of her objects allude to elements of the surrounding architecture, which are adapted and transformed into a new artistic language. Differently than in the cited prototypes,  however, the objects of Inge Mahn are devoid of utility, and their fragile surfaces quickly display traces of vulnerability, a condition of their materiality.

K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf