Lot 338. Genzken Isa (1948 Bad Oldesloe, Germany). Without Title (World Receiver)

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Auction date: 29.11.2017   12:00 UTC +02:00
ID 20016
Lot 338 | Genzken Isa (1948 Bad Oldesloe, Germany). Without Title (World Receiver)
2016. Two antennas in concrete casting. 22 x 40 x 8cm. Signed and dated on the underside: Isa Genzken 2016.
This work is in the archive of Works by Isa Genzken, Galerie Buchholz, Cologne, Berlin, under the number of the IG/S 2016/87 registered.

private collection, Berlin

communication is Genzken is a Central theme in the work of Isa. This term includes the transfer of information, but also as objects to each other and to the surrounding space in a relationship. The "world receiver", one of the most famous series of the artist, to convey these artistic ideas particularly clearly.
These sculptures are made of cast concrete and to feel in the Form of radio devices. They stand in the Tradition of Bruce Nauman's "Concrete Tape Recorder Piece," or Wolf Vostell's "concrete TVs". In contrast to these artists of the concrete in the case of Genzken, envelops, however, is not a functional unit. Your "world receiver" are pure concrete sculptures, the claim on a material-aesthetics, and their presence in the room. Just the added chrome-antennas are reminiscent of the functionality of a radio.
The "world receiver" to tie in with the window-sculptures, Genzken's. As window Openings, i.e., connection pieces between the Inner and the Outer, the "world receiver" is the link between the transmitter and the receiver. The function of a transmitter is, however, taken ad absurdum, because this seems to be a concrete block is not possible - or is it? The artist refers to these concrete sculptures on the Failure of the communication? Or it indicates the positive Interpretation, that communication is still possible, even with these function objects, because they can take place in many different ways?

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