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1987, George Brecht

  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck
    George Brecht »Void-Stone« (1987)
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck

About the work

The "Void-Stone" (90 x 130 x 60 cm) in the garden area in front of the museum entrance forms part of a group of works consisting of three different "Void-Stones". The artist George Brecht created them especially for the exhibition "Sculpture Projects 87" for the City of Münster.

The English word "Void" has been chiselled into the boulder. The latter now stands in a setting of trees that is open to the sky – as open in the vertical plane as the architectural "Voids" by Daniel Libeskind in the Jewish Museum in Berlin.

The word "Void" – perhaps providing scarcely definable and fleeting food for thought – stands in curious contrast to the dense mass of the rock. In this way the artist addresses a paradox inversion of the cosmic laws of density and emptiness, of gravity and the freedom of the spirit.

About the artist

George Brecht was born in New York City in 1925. He died on 5 December 2008 in Cologne. As an artist of the Fluxus movement he saw his work as research into the nature of human experience. Central themes in the works of George Brecht are existential feelings like emptiness, uncertainty and absurdity. Experiments, coincidences and paradoxes determine his art forms.

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