Mock-up. Presentation with models of the Skulptur Projekte Archiv, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl

Photograph: Foto: Glaskasten Marl / Arendt

Double Check. Presentation of Skulptur Projekte Archiv in the atrium, LWL Museum für Kunst und Kultur

Photograph: LWL / Hanna Neander

Double Check. Presentation of Skulptur Projekte Archiv in the atrium, LWL Museum für Kunst und Kultur

Photograph: LWL / Hanna Neander

Installation view 1987 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: LWL / Rudolf Wakonigg

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Installation view 1987 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: LWL / Rudolf Wakonigg

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Installation view 1987 © Zabalaga-Leku / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: LWL / Rudolf Wakonigg

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Installation view 1987 © Courtesy Richard Deacon. Photo: LWL / Rudolf Wakonigg

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Installation view 1987 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: LWL / Rudolf Wakonigg

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Installation view 2017. Photo: LWL / Hanna Neander

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Dummy after: Friedrich Hildebrand, Die Gattung Cyclamen L., Jena 1898 (frontispiece)

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Wir richten uns ein I [Making oursevelves at home I] / Installation view 2007 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: LWL

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Installation view 1987 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: LWL / Rudolf Wakonigg

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Installation view 1987 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: LWL / Rudolf Wakonigg

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Installation view 1987 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: LWL / Rudolf Wakonigg

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Installation view 1987 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: LWL / Rudolf Wakonigg

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Installation view 1987 © Courtesy Richard Deacon. Photo: LWL / Rudolf Wakonigg

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Installation view 2007 © Pae White / Courtesy the artist and neugerriemschneider, Berlin. Photo: Roman Mensing / artdoc.de

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Installation view 2007 © Pae White / Courtesy the artist and neugerriemschneider, Berlin. Photo: Roman Mensing / artdoc.de

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About the Skulptur Projekte Archiv

The Skulptur Projekte Archive is part of the collection of the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur. The core of the archive is made up of approximately 1,600 sheets of project-related documentation comprising concept papers, draft proposals and drawings, numerous models of realised and unrealised works, as well as correspondence between artists and curators, including many hand-written notes. These holdings are complemented by catalogues and visitor guides, a wealth of press, media and documentary material, photographs and videos, and legal and administrative documents such as contracts and authorisations. These archival materials amount to some 80 linear metres of files and boxes. They document, almost seamlessly, all the steps from the preparations for exhibitions, via the definitive establishment of the projects’ concepts, right up to their implementation and the decisions as to which works should be kept in the collection and in Münster’s urban landscape.

 

In displays of the archive to be held on the first floor of the atrium in the museum’s historic building, artistic strategies and selected aspects of the exhibition’s history will be regularly presented in the form of “boreholes” into the archive’s holdings. Since early 2017, the VolkswagenStiftung has been funding the research project Das Skulptur Projekte Archiv Münster. Eine Forschungseinrichtung für die Wissenschaft und die Öffentlichkeit, which will be processing the archive in a three-year collaboration between the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur and the Art History Institute at Münster University. In this, the Skulptur Projekte Archive is both the object and an instrument of academic research. It offers the means for meta-reflection upon the developments within contemporary sculpture and related themes. As a starting point, it facilitates new approaches for exploring the exhibition format itself. The close connection between these different fields of research is unique.

 

Publications

In 2019 a monographic survey of the Skulptur Projekte since 1977 will be published, offering both in-depth research the exhibitions history and to make the Skulptur Projekte Archive's material accessible for the first time to a broader audience.
Within the framework of the research project, preliminary research findings on the five editions of Skulptur Projekte to date are in the process of being analysed in dissertations.
In addition, archive presentations will be accompanied by exhibition catalogues.

 

 

Research group

Prof. Ursula Frohne
Professor for Modern and Contemporary Art, Department of History/Philosophy, Art History Institute, Münster University

Maria Engelskirchen, MA
PhD student, Art History Institute, Münster University

Dr. Marianne Wagner
Head of the Skulptur Projekte Archive, curator of Contemporary Art and Sculpture Projects, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

Dr. Katharina Neuburger
Archivist at the Skulptur Projekte Archive, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur

Julius Lehmann, MA
Academic assistant at the Skulptur Projekte Archive, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur