Alice Aycock


08. June 2019 – 25. August 2019
Sprengel Museum HannoverSprengel Museum Hannover
With her Twister sculpture erected in 2015, Alice Aycock (*1946, resident in New York) has created a new landmark for the Sprengel Museum. In the shortest time, this monumental whirlwind, joining Niki de Saint Phalle’s “Dancing Nanas” and Alexander Calder’s “Halberdier” by the Maschsee lake, has become one of the most popular and most photographed sculptures in public spaces in Hannover. The Sprengel Museum is now devoting a large exhibition to this artist that reviews her work from the early 1970s through to the immediate present.

Aycock’s artistic beginnings were initially strongly influenced by American Colour Field painting, Concept Art, Minimal Art, and Land Art. She devotes herself to architectural structures and designs non-usable pseudo-architectures. The 1980s were marked by machine-like metal sculptures that imported aspects of applied engineering or engineering science to her conception of sculpture. Over the last 10 years Aycock has been developing her large Twister sculptures. Themes such as climate change and the loss of balance in our dealings with nature, but also industrial civilisation and engineering as possible responses are addressed in these remarkable sculptures.

Aycock’s work was shown in Germany at documenta 6 in 1977, documenta 8 in 1987 and in a solo exhibition at the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, the Kölner Kunstverein and the Glaskastenmuseum Marl in 1983. The Sprengel Museum Hannover is now presenting the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in Germany in 35 years.

Opening: Friday, 7.6.19, 7 p.m.


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