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Sculptures and installations

Sculptures and installations

Victor Vasarely, Interior design for dining room, 1972, Plastic and metal
Victor Vasarely, Interior design for dining room, 1972, Plastic and metal

The Bundesbank’s offices house a large number of sculptures and installations by acclaimed artists such as Tony Cragg, Bogomir Ecker, Alf Lechner and Joseph Kosuth. Most of those works were created or purchased to occupy a particular space in new buildings that were being constructed at that time, as "Kunst am Bau" [public art] projects. The installations respond in totally different ways to their respective settings. In Düsseldorf, Tony Cragg integrates four different sculptures into the building which thematise the geographical and industrial surroundings; in Oldenburg, meanwhile, Bogomir Ecker creates a link between the real urban space and the building’s interior.

Horst Antes, Head 73, 1973

Horst Antes, Head 73, 1973, COR-TEN-Steel, 175 x 175 x 42 cm
Horst Antes, Head 73, 1973, COR-TEN-Steel, 175 x 175 x 42 cm

There is no mistaking the heads of Horst Antes. Their stark profile and, above all, their schematic stylisation have become the artist’s trademark. They appear in Antes’ paintings as "Kopffüßler" [Head-and-foot figures] or in public spaces as large-scale steel sculptures. Deliberately distancing himself from abstract painting, which predominated in the early 1960s, Antes began exploring new avenues of figurative art. He found inspiration in African and Indian art and took to collecting ritual and everyday objects made by the North American Pueblo Indians. Over time he amassed a sizeable museum-quality collection. The archaic simplicity of the Indian masks and dolls, in particular, inspired him to create his own aesthetic form. This large head, situated outside the Bundesbank’s Essen branch, has a similarly emblematic, motionless, rigid quality. In this unique location, its blend of rusty and stainless steel also recalls the Ruhr region’s great industrial past.

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