David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of works by German artist Isa Genzken. On view at the gallery’s Hong Kong location, this will be the first solo presentation of Genzken’s work in Greater China. The show coincides with the ongoing presentation of the artist’s Rose II (2007) at K11 Musea, Hong Kong, and her solo exhibition Isa Genzken: Here and Now at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany.

With a career spanning more than four decades, Genzken has incessantly probed the shifting boundaries between art, design, architecture, technology, and the individual. Her prodigious oeuvre frequently incorporates seemingly disparate materials and imagery to create complex, enigmatic works that range in media, including sculpture, painting, collage, drawing, film, and photography. Deeply attuned to both the legacies of the twentieth-century avant-garde and the materials and forms of twenty-first-century global society, Genzken’s work viscerally interrogates the impact of our increasingly commodified and interconnected culture on our everyday lives.

The exhibition will present key works from the past ten years of Genzken’s career. Among the selection on view will be an installation of Genzken’s recent “tower” and “column” sculptures. These works stem from the artist’s decades-long fascination with architecture and urban skylines. At once makeshift and monumental, these architectonic forms consist of vertical structures of medium-density fiberboard adorned with mirror foil, spray paint, and other media, complicating the distinctions between surface and depth, and interior and exterior space. Engaging the architectural and sculptural histories of modernism, the towers and columns are physically imposing, yet the materials and their human scale allude to the inherent vulnerability of the modern built environment. 

In addition, several freestanding floor sculptures will be on view that belong to Genzken’s Schauspieler (Actors) series, which debuted as part of her critically acclaimed retrospective organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2013. The series, consisting of elaborately outfitted mannequins holding an array of props and accessories, signaled a notable shift in Genzken’s practice: with the mannequin functioning as the sculpture’s base, the artist employs a figurative idiom—making these works her most explicit engagement with the human form—in contrast to the abstract and geometric modes that characterized her earlier sculptures.

The exhibition will also feature wall-mounted works that expand upon the artist’s fascination with the relationship between architecture, art, commercial goods, and everyday experience. In these works, Genzken layers various industrially produced materials and commodities to which she adds a variety of photographs and imagery. Among those included in the show are two significant wall works from 2012 that are made up of wallpaper, mirrors, picture frames, and other common materials from modern domestic interiors. In one of these wall works, Genzken includes photographic reproductions of famous old master portrait paintings, including Albrecht Dürer’s Self-Portrait (1498; Museo del Prado, Madrid), which are placed on top of long pieces of wallpaper and wrapping paper that extend all the way to the floor. In the other work, Genzken has placed an image of the iconic German artist Joseph Beuys, who was a professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf where she studied.

Genzken’s most recent wall-mounted panels will also be included in the show. These works, done on aluminum panels, vary greatly in the density of their material embellishment. Some feature smears and pools of acrylic lacquer that rest loosely at times on the surface of the panel, while others are densely covered in photographs (many taken by Genzken herself), ephemera, and swatches of tape, foil, and fabric. Visually, Genzken’s wall works reference the material surfaces of the modern world, highlighting how mass media and postwar consumption have increasingly dissolved the lines between the private and the public, and the sacred and the profane.

Born in 1948 in Bad Oldesloe, Germany, Isa Genzken studied fine arts, art history, and philosophy in Hamburg, Berlin, and Cologne, before completing her studies at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 1977. Since 2004, her work has been represented by David Zwirner. In 2019, she was the recipient of the Nasher Prize, awarded every April by the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.

Genzken’s work has been prominently featured in various international biennials and group exhibitions such as documenta (1982, 1992, and 2002),the Venice Biennale (1982, 1993, 2003, 2007, and 2015), Sculpture Projects Münster (1987, 1997, 2007) and São Paulo Biennial (2010), among many others.

Her major museum solo exhibitions include, the traveling surveys organized by the Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, Germany (1988; traveled to Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, both 1989); The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago (1992; traveled to Portikus, Frankfurt; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, all 1993); Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany (2002; traveled to Kunsthalle Zürich, 2003); and Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009; traveled to Museum Ludwig, Cologne). Other venues that have hosted important solo exhibitions include the Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (2000); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2002); Camden Arts Centre, London (2006); Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2006); Secession, Vienna (2006); and Museion, Bolzano, Italy (2010).

In 2013, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, organized Genzken’s first museum survey in the United States, Retrospective, making it the most comprehensive presentation of her work to date, encompassing all media from the past forty years. The show traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Dallas Museum of Art in 2014. Also in 2014, Isa Genzken: New Works was presented at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg and subsequently traveled to the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt. In 2015, an extensive survey of Genzken’s work was presented by the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. The show traveled to Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, in 2016. In 2019, Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland presented a solo exhibition of the artist’s work. Isa Genzken: Works from 1973–1983 was presented at the Kunstmuseum Basel in 2020, and subsequently at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, in 2021. 

Work by the artist is represented in museum and public collections worldwide, including the Dallas Museum of Art; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. Genzken lives and works in Berlin.

For all press inquiries, contact:
Julia Lukacher +1 212 727 2070 [email protected]
Victoria Kung +852 9668 1092 [email protected]
Kiko Tse +852 6015 5184 [email protected]


香港 | 中環皇后大道中80號H Queen’s 5-6樓

卓納畫廊欣然呈現德國藝術家伊薩·根澤肯(Isa Genzken)的作品展。香港空間的這次展覽將是根澤肯在大中華區的首次個展。同期,K11 Musea正展出其經典作品《玫瑰 II》(2007),以及德國杜塞爾多夫的北萊茵-威斯特法倫藝術品收藏館正舉行的個展《伊薩·根澤肯:此時此地》。


展覽還將展出一些壁掛式作品,它們拓展了藝術家對建築、藝術、商品和日常體驗之間相互關係的迷戀。在這些作品中,根澤肯層疊着融入了各種工業材料、商品、照片以及圖像。展覽中有兩件創作於2012年的重要作品,由墻紙、鏡子、相框和其他現代室內家居常見的材料所組成。在其中一件壁掛作品里,根澤肯加入了著名古典大師們肖像繪畫的照片複製品,放置在垂長延伸到地面的墻紙和包裝紙之上,包括阿爾布雷希特·丟勒(Albrecht Dürer)的《自畫像》(1498年,現藏於馬德里的普拉多博物館)。另一件作品中,則放置了一幅有如偶像般的德國藝術家約瑟夫·博伊斯(Joseph Beuys)的圖片,他曾在根澤肯求學的杜塞爾多夫藝術學院任教。

根澤肯的作品曾在多個國際雙年展和群展中佔有突出地位,如卡塞爾文獻展(1982、1992和2002年)、威尼斯雙年展(1982、1993、2003、2007和2015年)、明斯特雕塑展(1987、1997及2007年 ) 和聖保羅雙年展(2010年)等。
重要個展包括眾多藝術機構的巡迴個展:德國波恩萊茵河州立博物館(1988年,於1989年巡展至瑞士溫特圖爾美術館和鹿特丹博曼斯美術館);芝加哥大學文藝復興協會(1992年,於1993年巡展至法蘭克福門廊藝術中心、布魯塞爾美術宮和慕尼黑市立倫巴赫美術館);德國門興格拉德巴赫阿布泰貝格博物館(2002年,於2003年巡展至蘇黎世美術館);以及倫敦白教堂美術館(2009年,巡展至科隆路德維希博物館)。其他為藝術家舉辦過重要個展的機構還包括:德國不倫瑞克藝術協會(2000年);科隆路德維希博物館(2002年);倫敦卡姆登藝術中心(2006年);茵斯布魯克Galerieim Taxispalais(2006年);維也納分離派展覽館(2006年)以及意大利博爾紮諾博物館(2010年)。

Julia Lukacher +1 212 727 2070 [email protected]
Victoria Kung +852 9668 1092 [email protected]
Kiko Tse +852 6015 5184 [email protected]

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