A Forest of Sculptures

Collection Simon Spierer

The Collection Simon Spierer comprises sculptures of highly distinguished artists, from Early Modern such as Constantin Brancusi, Max Ernst and Alberto Giacometti to Contemporary Art, e.g. Günther Uecker, Graham Williams and Vera Röhm The collector focused on mainly vertical sculptures so that the idea of a “Forest of Sculptures” soon was born. Each sculpture stands completely on its own and at the same time corresponds with the sculptures surrounding it. Together, they form a unique and powerful collection and a significant overview over the last century‘s sculpture.

Exhibition objects: 39 sculptures, 1 silkscreen
Exhibition space: 600 – 800 sqm
Catalogue: two bilingual catalogues (greek/engl.), (bulg./engl.)

Exhibition venues 2008 – 2010:
Athinais Museum of Diachronic Art, Athens, Greece, 06.02.08 – 14.04.08
National Galley for Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria, 27.06.08 – 15.09.08, sponsored by: GLOBUL
National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest, Romania, 12.12.08 – 05.04.09 sponsored by: Banca Romanesca, Domenile Samburesti, TNG
Fundación Canal, Madrid, Spain, 21.05.09 – 26.07.09
Museum Beelden aan Zee, Den Haag-Scheveningen, Netherlands, 19.02.-20.06.2010

Visitors: 58.031

Installation view, A Forest of Sculptures, Athinais Museum of Diachronic Art
© Institut für Kulturaustausch

Installation view, A Forest of Sculptures, Athinais Museum of Diachronic Art
© Institut für Kulturaustausch

Max Bill, Unendliche Fläche in Form einer Säule, 1953/1993
© Institut für Kulturaustausch

Installation view, National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC)
© Institut für Kulturaustausch

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