Stephan Balkenhol / Paravent Ameisen/Auto

Stephan Balkenhol
Paravent Ameisen/Auto, cottonwood, painted, 1997, 220×180cm

stephan balkenhol
Stephan Balkenhol furnishes the empty hotel room with a paravent (room-divider) – a piece of furniture that has been nearly forgotten but in former times was often used to establish small, private corners in larger spaces. Easy to move, delicate and elegant, this sculpture that at the same time is a double-sided tryptichon divides the small room. But »division« is not the theme; rather it shows two sides: Stephan Balkenhol lets three mammoth ants scramble on one side while on the other side a car that could hail from a papercraft is shown. It reproduces characteristics of the paravent such as decomposability. The car seems to have been stranded in the plain; the ants, in contrast, are as fresh as a daisy and oversized.

Stephan Balkenhol

Born in 1957 in Fritzlar, West-Germany. Lives and works
in Meisenthal, France, Karlsruhe and Berlin, Germany
Education: 1976–82 Academy of Arts, Hamburg
(Prof. Rückriem)
Teaching experience:
1988–89 Academy of Arts, Hamburg 1990–91
Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main since 1992
Professor for sculpture, Academy of Arts, Karlsruhe
Selected solo exhibitions:
2007 Museum der Moderne, Salzburg ››› Kabinett für
Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven ››› PAC, Milano ››› Gallery
Forsblom, Helsinki ››› Gallery Tomio Koyama, Tokio
2006 Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden ››› Regen
Projects. Los Angeles ››› Galleri Bo Bjerggaard,
Kopenhagen ››› MKM Duisburg 2005 The National
Museum of Art, Osaka ››› Galería Pepe Cobo, Madrid
2004 Galería OMR, Mexiko-City 2003 Le rectangle.
Lyon ››› Sprengel Museum, Hannover 2002 Galerie
Pepe Cobo, Sevilla (regularly since 2002) 2001
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de
Compostela Galería ››› OMR, Mexiko-City ››› Fries
Museum, Leeuwarden ››› Museum der Bildenden
Künste, Leipzig ››› Dogenhaus Galerie, Leipzig
2000 The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
Recent group exhibitions:
2007 works on paper, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich ›››
Sculpture Grande Prague 07 ››› 10. Triennale Kleinplastik,
Fellbach 2006 La Force de l’art, Grand Palais, Paris
2005 Karlsruher Figuration, Würth collection, Arlesheim


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