‘stephan balkenhol: sculptures and reliefs’ at moscow museum of modern art, moscow, russia

8 September 2016
Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents a solo exhibition of the world famous sculptor Stephan Balkenhol (b. 1957) - the first major Russian show to span the artist's entire career. Balkenhol's works are in public and private collections in Frankfurt, Bremen, Karlsruhe, Hamburg, Copenhagen, London, Paris, Johannesburg, Hague, New York and Chicago among other cities. Sculptures and Reliefs features the artist's sketches, as well as many of his complete works.

Continuing the European tradition of the wooden sculpture that dates back to the Middle Ages, Stephan Balkenhol carves his sculptures from a wide range of woods including wawa, cedar and fir, without any assistance. His human figures are never polished to waxy smoothness and artifice: like humans they would not be themselves without imperfections. The rough surfaces and cuts create a sense of a life force hidden inside the figures of seemingly apathetic humans-an evidence of the artist's love of and faith in humanity.

The artist and the curator of the exhibition Matthias Winzen have adapted this major exhibition to the local context and the exhibition space. A catalogue of the exhibition in Russian and in English will feature essays by Georgy Nikich and Matthias Winzen, as well as an interview with the artist.

The exhibition runs from 8 September until 13 November 2016.

Stephan Balkenhol at Museum of Contemporary Art Moscow.