Inge Mahn

Galerie Stadt Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen (solo show)
14 March – 7 June 2020

Installation view: Inge Mahn,
Installation view: Inge Mahn, "Säcke" (2016), Galerie Max Hetzler @Kurfürstendamm 213, Berlin, 21 September – 23 December 2017. Photo: def image

Inge Mahn’s works are based on everyday objects and basic constants of architecture. By means of raw modelling, she translates these elements into her own form, placing them in a new context.

Her sculptures explore existing social conditions and discuss political and structural manifestations of power. In addition to this political dimension, Mahn tackles fundamental questions of sculpture. In the often fragile-looking constructions she plays with relations of forces, the moment of falling over and destruction. Her column or stair sculptures do not serve any load-bearing purpose but are instead fragile structures held together partly by ropes and expanding into three-dimensional space. Sitz auf Sitz auf Sitz from 1991, that was added to the LÜTZE collection in 2010, is one such white plaster sculpture consisting of multiple parts. The three “seats” are stacked one on top of the other and rest on a rectangular base. Although the different-sized parts engage in each other in this fragile construct, the different angles and the uneven, rough surface run counter to the harmonious stack of the three seats. Several unique objects merge to create a sculpture that echoes the mediaeval subject of Saint Anne and the Virgin and Child. In this way, the sculptor renders everyday objects individual and couches universal questions of community and individuality in a dynamic artistic form.

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