December 14, 2015  —  by

Isa Genzken @ Stedelijk

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Isa Genzken: Mach Dich hübsch! (Dress Up!) presents a survey of the extraordinary oeuvre of Isa Genzken (b. 1948, Germany), one of the most influential artists of the last 40 years.

“I always wanted to have the courage to do totally crazy, impossible, and also wrong things.”
Isa Genzken

Mach Dich hübsch! is an odyssey traversing four decades of an astonishing practice defined by artistic freedom and bold inventiveness. The concept of the exhibition is introduced in the first room, designed in collaboration with Genzken as a comprehensive installation of very recent work, which she created especially for this occasion, interspersed with older works. In the following suite of galleries, Genzken’s oeuvre is presented as a montage rather than a chronology, in order to highlight interconnections and thematic threads. The artist engages with themes such as artistic position, the body, identity, the (self-) portrait, architecture, and big city culture. Genzken’s oeuvre is rooted in the medium of sculpture and is distinguished by radical experimentation and the unrestrained use of media. The artist works across a wide range of media, including sculpture, installation, film, video, painting, works on paper, collage, and photography. The radical inventiveness of her work, rich in autobiographical elements and subtle social critique, serves as both a point of reference and a source of inspiration for generations of artists and art lovers.

Isa Genzken: Mach Dich hübsch!
November 29, 2015–March 6, 2016

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Museumplein 10
The Netherlands