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Inge Mahn

It’s not late it’s early #19: Talk with Inge Mahn and Thomas Rentmeister
Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig
1 November 2017, 7pm


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Inge Mahn

K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf
1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Inge Mahn, Installation view, K21 Ständehaus, 2017. Photo: Achim Kukulies. Courtesy the artist and Kunstsammlung NRW.
Inge Mahn, Installation view, K21 Ständehaus, 2017. Photo: Achim Kukulies. Courtesy the artist and Kunstsammlung NRW.

The objects created by Inge Mahn (born in Cieszyn in 1943), many of them largeformat, are reduced to simple geometric forms, and betray a certain proximity to Minimalism. The surfaces of these cuboids, arches, spheres, and columns are by no means perfect, but are instead rough, irregular. They are consistently white – this artist’s preferred material being plaster. The forms of her objects allude to elements of the surrounding architecture, which are adapted and transformed into a new artistic language. Differently than in the cited prototypes,  however, the objects of Inge Mahn are devoid of utility, and their fragile surfaces quickly display traces of vulnerability, a condition of their materiality.

K21 Ständehaus, Düsseldorf