Ernst Hermanns

Installation view 1987 © Stiftung Ernst Hermanns Archiv. Photo: LWL / Rudolf Wakonigg

Installation view 1987 © Stiftung Ernst Hermanns Archiv. Photo: LWL / Rudolf Wakonigg

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1987

Sculpture made of stainless steel

Column: height 228 cm; diameter 20 cm; disc: height 3.5 cm, diameter 140 cm

 

Location

Inner courtyard of the Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Temporary installation for the duration of Skulptur Projekte in Münster 1987

 

Owner

Museum DKM, Duisburg, Germany

 

Ernst Hermanns

* 1914 in Münster, Germany

† 2000 in Bad Aibling, Germany

 

In 1987 Münster-born artist Ernst Hermanns exhibited a two-part sculpture of untreated, gleaming stainless steel in the interior courtyard of the Westfälisches Landesmuseum. Both elements of the sculpture formed geometric bodies: a circular disc lying flat on the ground and a slender, upright cylinder.

Hermann’s sculpture can be perceived as an autonomous, non-site-specific work, which establishes spatial rather than thematic references to its exhibition location. In the mid-1960s Hermanns began using abstract, stereometric bodies which through their volume, scale and distance to each other charged the space with tension. The horizontality of the disc on the ground contrasted with the upright cylinder, which inevitably drew the eye upwards. This balance of horizontal and vertical orientation established correspondences with the façade architecture and the courtyard paving, both likewise characterized by vertical and horizontal structural forms.

Daniel Friedt

Location

  • Still existing
  • Removed