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Bouquet

  • 2004
  • Isa Genzken
  • Plastic, wood, lacquer, aluminium foil, glass
  • 260 x 115 x 130 cm
Dominated by the large bouquet from which it takes its name, the sculpture combines the colours of the German flag on the base of the column with figurines, mostly associated with westerns and traditional American imagery, suggesting the dual identity felt by the artist. In a symbolic gesture of repairing reality, it highlights fragile signs of everyday life, marked by chance and fantasy.

© Adagp, Paris, 2014. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

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Isa Genzken

For more than 30 years, Isa Genzken has been making multi-faceted work involving a wide variety of mediums and approaches, which have led her from sophisticated minimalist forms to a profusion of hybrid, "DIY" constructions.

The relationship with architecture and monuments plays a fundamental role in her work. Genzken began using computers very early in her career to create her first sculptures. In the 1980s she returned to working directly with materials, first plaster, then raw concrete, coloured translucent resin and mirror, creating streamlined forms that reference modernist architecture. As of 1997, her assemblage pieces, in part a fantastical interpretation of the urban and social context, have drawn on the pop quality of consumer products to highlight their forms and colours.

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