Isa Genzken, Exhibition view, Secession 2006, Photo: Pez Hejduk

Isa Genzken

July 6 – September 10, 2006

For more than thirty years, Isa Genzken has been developing a versatile oeuvre, continually extending it by adding new aspects. Her settings, her unusual combinations of materials, and the fragile but monumental character of her constructions reflect the surrounding world and the fragility of human existence.

Her work—which includes sculptures and installations as well as photography, collage, and film—explores the space between public claims and private artistic autonomy, thus defining an interface where the personal and the universal meet. The formal and conceptual rigor at the root of Isa Genzken’s approach is tempered by unrestricted freedom, producing works that can be interpreted and experienced on very different levels.


Isa Genzken, born in Bad Odeslohe in 1948, lives and works in Berlin.