Isa Genzken: Retrospective at MoMA

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One of Isa Genzken’s installation pieces.
Image: Susan Sermoneta via Flickr CC

Isa Genzken, arguably one of the most influential contemporary female artists of the last few decades, is currently being featured at the Museum of Modern Art in the exhibition, Isa Genzken: Retrospective. Genzken, a German artist based in Berlin, works primarily with sculpture and installation, using a wide array of materials to make remarkable pieces that serve to examine and comment upon social issues. She is known for using concrete, plaster, wood, textiles, and familiar materials such as stuffed animals, mannequins, and children’s toys, and her work is instantly recognizable.

The massive survey of her work at MoMA includes much more than the assemblage sculptures that the artist has become so renowned for. According to the museum, “Although a New York art audience might be familiar with Genzken’s more recent assemblage sculptures, the breadth of her achievement – which includes not only three-dimensional work but also paintings, photographs, collages, drawings, artist’s books, films, and public sculptures – is still largely unknown in this country.”

MoMA also explains, “This exhibition, the first comprehensive retrospective of her diverse body of work in an American museum, and the largest to date, encompasses Genzken’s work in all mediums over the past 40 years.” The Isa Genzken: Retrospective will be on display until mid-March, and is a fantastic opportunity to experience the works of an artist that has deeply influenced her younger contemporaries. Abstract, curious, colorful, and rich with meaning, Genzken’s expansive body of work will delight art audiences that are both familiar with her past work, and those who have never experienced it for themselves before.

Learn more at MoMA’s current exhibitions page.

Isa Genzken: Retrospective – Through March 10th, 2014, at The Museum of Modern Art


About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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