Helsinki

STEPHAN BALKENHOL Yellow – Blue – Red

STEPHAN BALKENHOL Yellow – Blue – Red

May

06

Fri

11:00 – 18:00

9–10°C

broken clouds

German sculptor Stephan Balkenhol (b.1957) portrays human figures with archaic, raw-hewn spontaneity. His anonymous figures stand formally like monuments on pedestals, their faces expressionless, yet something about their bearing conveys an undercurrent of intensity, as if they were absorbed in deep, furious thought. Balkenhol made a clear departure from dominant trends in the early eighties by adopting a figurative style of sculpting. The human figure and the fundamental questions of human existence have since remained the focal concern of his art. Although his idiom is figurative, Balkenhol refrains from delivering any explicit commentary, instead leaving room for the viewer’s own interpretations.

Balkenhol begins each sculpture with a single block of wood, usually soft poplar or Douglas fir. His chisel marks are clearly visible on the surface of the crudely carved figures, the splinters and fissures conveying a sense of human frailty and imperfection. The neutral, timeless clothing is painted in simple but evocative color combinations.

Stephan Balkenhol is one of the preeminent sculptors of our time. He studied at Hamburg’s University of Fine Arts of Hamburg, and he has held tenure as a professor at Karlsruhe’s State Academy of Fine Arts since 1992. His work is found is numerous major international collections including the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the Staatliche Museen in Berlin, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Frankfurt’s Museum für Moderne Kunst, and the Art Institute of Chicago in the USA. The artist divides his time between Karlsruhe, Kassel and Berlin in Germany and Meisenthal in France.

Fri 06 May 2022 – 05 Jun 2022 11:00 – 18:00

9–10°C

broken clouds

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