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.