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Stephan Balkenhol

April 29(Fri., Holiday) - July 18(Mon., Holiday), 2005

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Stephan Balkenhol (1957-) is one of the leading German sculptors today. He began, in the early 80s, by creating wooden sculptures of human forms. At present, he is active internationally and in particular in Europe. Balkenhol's human sculptures, roughly carved out of wood and then painted, appear to be ordinary people wearing ordinary clothes. Along with the ordinary poses and expressions of the sculptures, the works' pedestals are carved, painted and positioned in the space. The works do not allow simple interpretation, but invite instead a comfortable form of reflection. In the context of present-day art, with its strong abstract tendencies, Balkenhol's work might at first appear to be an anachronism, but it is in fact a new type of representational sculpture. Balkenhol's elimination of the narrative elements which have constantly been a part of traditional Western sculpture for thousands of years from ancient Egypt to Rodin, in particular, distinguish his work.
This exhibition marks the first time that Balkenhol's work will be given a comprehensive showing in Japan. From quintessential examples of his early work to more recent reliefs that indicate a new development in his art, visitors can expect to see approximately 50 of the artist's most impressive sculptures. Balkenhol's work proves that contemporary European representational sculpture has the power to bring joy and solace to the people of Japan.


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GroBer Frauenkopf 2002
Wawaholts, farbig gefast 130×80×80cm (ohne Sockel)
© Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium

Mann mit rotem Hemd und abstraktem Relief 2004
Wawaholts, farbig gefasst
170×35×35cm(Figur) 140×99×4.5cm(Relief)
©Galerie Lohri, Monchengladbach

Elefatenmensch 2003
Wawaholz, farbig gefasst 178×36×31.5cm
©Privatsammlung, Hamburg


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University 130 Yen (70 Yen)
High school students 70 Yen (40Yen)

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