Alexandra Bircken A–Z

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Edited by: Monika Bayer-Wermuth Texts by: Marie-Luise Angerer, Kirsty Bell, Hans-Christian Dany, Sebastian Hackenschmidt, T'ai Smith, Monika Bayer-Wermuth Graphic Design: H I T English 2021, 328 Pages, 250 Ills. Paperback swiss binding 302mm x 246mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-5042-4
| Media Theory of the Body

The title seems to announce a comprehensive encyclopedia: from A to Z, each and every object or material has the potential to become an element in one of Alexandra Bircken’s charged objects and installations. Whether it’s packaging materials, machine parts, or bones, everything finds a use—the organic as well as the inorganic, raw materials and industrially produced goods. The constant reference point in her artistic explorations is the human body and its contradictory relationship to the environment, as defenselessly at its mercy as it is dependent on it. This catalogue is the first to provide a comprehensive overview of Bircken’s sculptural practice from all creative periods, which here enter into a dialogue that explores the artist's multi-layered statements on surface, body, movement, shell, and skin.

This book is also available in German.

ALEXANDRA BIRCKEN (*1967) is internationally renowned for her multifaceted repertoire of forms. Her work has been shown in numerous institutional solo and group exhibitions, e.g., prominently at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. She is professor of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and lives and works in Berlin.
EXHIBITION
Museum Brandhorst, Munich,
July 28, 2021–January 16, 2022