February 25, 2016

Sofie Thorsen: Spielplastiken

Book presentation

Sofie Thorsen Spielplastiken

Book presentation with Heike Eipeldauer and Sofie Thorsen

Sofie Thorsen’s publication puts the focus on an artistic phenomenon in postwar Vienna that has been granted little recognition to date—playground sculptures for children created by artists as part of the large-scale “percent-for-art” program initiated by the City of Vienna.

Since 2010 the artist has conducted a historical exploration into the typology of the play sculpture, which she has artistically transformed into several groups of works. Since most of these play sculptures have disappeared from the cityscape, Thorsen relies mostly on photographic archival materials, placing them in relation with international urban planning proposals by Egon Møller-Nielsen, Aldo Van Eyck, or Isamu Noguchi. From these materials she then makes photographs, collages, paper sculptures, and installations.

Combining artistic reflection and scientific study, the publication is the first to highlight the historic moment when art and the general public were brought together and analyses this moment as part of a Europe- and USA-wide discourse on urban planning, architecture and abstract sculpture, aesthetics and function as well as art and play.


Sofie Thorsen
Spielplastiken / Play Sculptures
152 pages, numerous images
Edited by Heike Eipeldauer and Sofie Thorsen
Texts: Heike Eipeldauer, Mari Laanemets, Peter Pakesch, Susan G. Solomon
Design: Martha Stutteregger
Verlag für Moderne Kunst
ISBN 978-3-86984-505-0
EUR 28,-