Body Pressure Sculpture Since The 1960s


Body Pressure: Bruce Nauman, 1974, Friedrich Christian Flick Collection in Hamburger Bahnhof Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie

Exhibition in Hamburger Bahnhof-Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany.
Presented here are contemporary figurative sculptures. Unlike the marble effigies of the 19th century, contemporary works reflect a multilayered and contradictory image of the human body. Besides marble and bronze, artists now also use plastics, mundane objects, or even bodily fluids, no longer seeking to symbolize claims of representation or power; rather, it has become both more contradictory and fractured, branching out into electronic media. While some artists continue to refer to art historical models and older 3D representations of the human figure, these are rendered increasingly abstract or grotesque. And certain artists lift sculpture off its plinth entirely, either becoming living sculptures themselves or integrating the audience into the work.