21 May - 1 October 2017

Blickachsen 11

Contemporary Sculpture in Bad Homburg and Frankfurt RheinMain

In collaboration with Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus, Austria

The “Blickachsen” Sculpture Biennale is this year celebrating its twentieth anniversary. At the beginning, there was a single exhibition in the Bad Homburg Kurpark, with its concept of physically – and figuratively – taking up the landscaped visual axes (Blickachsen) of the park’s garden architecture. This basic idea has successfully proved itself over the last twenty years, and I am delighted that “Blickachsen”, which has in the meantime expanded into much of the Rhine-Main region, now ranks as one of the leading artistic events in Germany.

Every two years, the exhibitions focus attention on the interplay between contemporary art and the historical surroundings. Each time, the aim is to show works by both talented young artists as well as by renowned sculptors. And the collaboration, each time, with a different partner museum guarantees ever new impulses.

I am especially pleased that we have this year managed to secure the Austrian Museum Liaunig as our exhibition partner. Herbert Liaunig succeeded in building up a groundbreaking art collection which, in 2008, he made accessible to the public in a spectacular new museum building – and I thank Mr Liaunig, and also the director of the museum, Elisabeth Wassertheurer, for our most agreeable collaboration. I am equally happy, through the involvement of Museum Liaunig, to have our esteemed colleague, Dr Maria Schneider, by my side as curating partner.

Together, we have chosen some 80 works for this eleventh “Blickachsen”, spanning an artistic spectrum ranging from modern classics to location-specific installations by upcoming young artists.

In an interplay of art, nature and the public space, these works are on show in the Bad Homburg Kurpark and castle gardens, and at seven further venues in the Rhine-Main region: once again, in Eppstein Castle, Eschborn, Campus Westend at Frankfurt University, Hessenpark Open-Air Museum and Eberbach Monastery, while this year Bad Vilbel and the former Schloss Friedrichshof in Kronberg are also taking part for the first time.

That we are able, this summer, to experience art in the parks and cultural landscapes of our region is in no small measure thanks to the very generous contributions from the supporters of the project. Without them, there would be no “Blickachsen 11” – and to them all I would like to express my deepest thanks. I would also like to thank all our partners, and the many helpers, for their valuable contribution to the success of the exhibition.

To all visitors of “Blickachsen 11”, I would like to commend our varied educational programmes – and also the fourth “Children’s Blickachsen”, which has so enthusiastically been put together by the Children’s Art School of Bad Homburg. On behalf of the organizers, I wish all our guests a thrilling and enjoyable journey of discovery at “Blickachsen 11”.

Christian K. Scheffel
Founder an curator of "Blickachsen"
Director of the Blickachsen Foundation

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