Curatorial Dialogues: Walter Grasskamp

11 Oct 2010

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A Short History of the Sculpture Projects Münster


We are pleased to announce the first lecture in the series Curatorial Dialogues, presented in collaboration with the Curating Contemporary Art Department of the Royal College of Art, London. Art critic Walter Grasskamp, an authority on exhibition history, will give a lecture on the Skulptur Projekte Münster. Since 1977 sculpture projects münster, a large international exhibition, has invited artists from all over the world to create new work in the city of Münster, Germany. The event was launched by Kasper König in collaboration with Klaus Bussmann and has put Münster on the map of world-renowned addresses for contemporary art. The title sculpture projects describes the concept: artists examine the character of contemporary sculpture, its capacity to change the appearance of public space as well as its self-positioning within it. As in 1977, 1987 and 1997, sculpture projects in 2007 examined the interdependence between the arts, the city and the public. The sculptures were created mostly on site and installed throughout the city. By incorporating the works of art, the city gradually changed its appearance — a dynamic process was set in motion. The latest show in summer 2007 was curated by Kasper König and Brigitte Franzen in association with Carina Plath. Art critic and art historian Walter Grasskamp was born in 1950. He studied Art History, Philosophy, Literature Studies and Sociology in Cologne, Konstanz and Aachen. In 1979 he received his doctorate. He has been a critic for radio and television, newspapers, academic journals and art magazines since 1975. In 1985 he was made Professor of Art Theory at the University of Applied Sciences, Münster and in 1995 he was made full Professor of Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. From 1999 — 2003 he was its Deputy Director. He publishes on subjects such as museum history, public art, theory of modernity, fine art and money, theory of consumption and pop culture.

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