The Münster Sculpture Projects began in 1977 and is presented every 10 years. It has created as an amazing forum for public sculpture and brings an exciting group of artists together to challenge our notion of art in the public space. The project has been offering a special exhibition experiences throughout its 30 year tenure: Artists develop site-specific works for Münster—sculptures, but also video installations or performances. These projects inscribe themselves in the city’s structural, historical and social contexts, while simultaneously transgressing its boundaries. The artistic explorations are as much concerned with global issues as they are a reflections on the concept of sculpture in relationship to public and private space. The curatorial team consists of free-lance curator Britta Peters of Hamburg, the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur curator of contemporary art, Marianne Wagner, and the exhibition’s artistic director Kasper König.
One of my favorite works, by Gregor Schneider "N. Schmidt, Pferdegasse 19, 48143 Münster, Deutschland," definitely had the longest wait times to get in! His strange, empty apartment was created on the top floor of the museum, with access from the street only. Light, smells, lack of sound all set the viewer up for a mind altering experience. Entrance was one person at a time.
Pierre Huyghe, After ALife Ahead, dug up the floor of an indoor skating rink was an impressive immersive feet, but failed to convey his ideas with the distraction of peacocks and fish tanks that seemed way overwrought.