Lens-based Sculpture explores, in-depth, the relations between photography and sculpture. The central question addressed is how modern sculpture detached itself from the principle of statuary sculpture and evolved into a new artistic praxis. The camera serves as a primary tool for sculpture, as a sketchbook and facilitator for spatial and structural representation in mass and form.

The term "lens-based sculpture" draws attention to the exhibition’s vision of sculpture and art history of the 20th and 21st century. The influence of photography, with its technical possibilities and its potential for perceiving the condition of space and objects, contributed immensely and will continue to contribute to the change in the aesthetic of sculpture.

In all, the exhibition shows 200 works from over 70 international artists. A particular highlight of this exhibition is the reconstruction of Marcel Duchamp's "Porte Gradiva" (1937), which will be shown for the first time in its original form, as a doorway to be passed through. Further works by Umberto Boccioni and Raymond Duchamp-Villon mark the point of departure for lens-based sculpture. At the show’s core are works done since the 1960s, for example, by John Ahearn, John Chamberlain, Tony Cragg, Valie Export, Sabine Groß, Rebecca Horn, Martin Honert, Edmund Kuppel, Ana Mendieta, Ron Mueck, Bruce Nauman, Giuseppe Penone, Hermann Pitz, George Segal, Roman Signer, and Kiki Smith.

The sculptors Bogomir Ecker and Raimund Kummer built the exhibition's distinctive architecture, in which two studio spaces are integrated. These spaces are like archives — densely packed and equipped with multimedia, offering additional insights into the complex artistic research on the phenomenon of lens-based sculpture.


Editor's Note: The exhibition will run from January 24 to April 21, 2014 at the Akademie der Kunste  in Berlin.