If you’re planning to visit Stockholm soon you simply must head out to Skeppsholmen and Moderna Museet to check out its latest exhibition “Sculpture after Sculpture”, which brings together the work of Katharina Fritsch, Jeff Koons, and Charles Ray. The display is a far-reaching examination of three innovators whose parallel endeavours has entirely rethought the customs of their art form.
An exhibition by any of these three figures would count as a huge event for the Swedish art public, so being able to present all three under one roof at the same time is truly extraordinary – so don’t miss the chance if you’re around.
A focused examination of thirteen masterworks, Sculpture After Sculpture begins with iconic works from the late 1980s and early ’90s that highlight the artists’ early relationships to the commodity and the readymade. The exhibition unfolds in a series of startling juxtapositions that trace the development of their practices from the found to the made, from the performed to the embodied. The show’s highlights include Koons’s celebrated Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988, a porcelain-and-gilt confection depicting the late Pop legend with his pet chimpanzee; Ray’s two-ton aluminum Tractor, 2005; and Fritsch’s acid-yellow apparition Madonnenfigur / Madonna, 1987, that famously materialized on a busy square in Münster, Germany, on the occasion of Skulptur Projekte Münster.