Blickachsen 12 – Art far beyond the borders of Bad Homburg
Just half-way through and already this is clear: this year’s Blickachsen 12 edition of the biennial open-air exhibition is more popular than ever – hundreds of thousands of visitors have already experienced the contemporary sculptures and installations on display in their dialogue with the public space and historic parks of Bad Homburg and the region. At the heart of the exhibition have always been the Kurpark and Schlosspark in Bad Homburg. But this year once again Blickachsen reaches out far beyond the borders of the city, to five further locations in the Rhine-Main area: from Bad Vilbel and Eschborn to Frankfurt and Kronberg, and finally to Eberbach Monastery, almost sixty kilometres away. In the freely accessible outside spaces of this former Cistercian monastery, nine bronze figures by Hanneke Beaumont are on display: poised, kneeling or sitting, they invite the observer to pause and to reflect.
The altogether 60 artworks by 31 international artists in Bad Homburg and the Rhine-Main region can still be seen until 6 October. And the coming month promises once again to be just as exciting for the participants of the exhibition: in September the Friends of Blickachsen will be awarding their art prize of 5,000 Euros in recognition of one of the works. The last winner of this prize, in Blickachsen 11, was the German artist Alicja Kwade (b. 1979) – who is now considered to be one of the foremost sculptors of her generation.
For those who do not wish to experience Blickachsen 12 on their own or with the help of just the brochure and the QR codes on the plaques by the works, there is still the opportunity in the coming weeks to join one of the wide-ranging tour and informational programmes on offer. In addition to the regular general tours in German in Bad Homburg (in the Kurpark, on Thursdays at 6.30pm and on Sundays and holidays at 11am, as well as in the Schlosspark on Sundays, except 1 Sept., and holidays at 3pm), individual group tours can be booked for all locations (in German, English, French or Italian) at the Blickachsen Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org (or by telephone on +49 - (0)61 72 - 681 19 46). Furthermore, a special themed tour “Dreams, Trees and Sculpture. Spatial concepts in contemporary art” will be held every Tuesday at 6pm in the Kurpark. Additionally, there are still two opportunities to join the “INTERaction. Sculpture and me” tours on the interplay between art and the observer: on Saturday, 17 August at 3pm in the Schlosspark and Saturday, 21 September also at 3pm in the Kurpark. For private children’s and youth groups as well as pre-school and school classes there is a special programme of walks and interactive tours.
Blickachsen 12 artists:
Hanneke Beaumont, Claudia Comte, Jacob Dahlgren, My Ekman, Elmgreen & Dragset, William Forsythe, Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Jeppe Hein, Satch Hoyt, Sofia Hultén, Leiko Ikemura, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Per Kirkeby, Ruud Kuijer, Alicja Kwade, Arik Levy, Katarina Löfström, Ohad Meromi, Nandipha Mntambo, Sirous Namazi, Yoko Ono, A.R. Penck, Leunora Salihu, Sean Scully, Anne Thulin, James Webb, Winter/Hoerbelt, Fredrik Wretman, David Zink Yi.
Information for all Blickachsen 12 locations and on the educational and accompanying programmes, as well as all previous press releases on Blickachsen 12, can be found at www.blickachsen.com.
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About the Blickachsen Foundation
The public benefit Blickachsen Foundation, with its seat in Bad Homburg, Germany, was established in March 2013 to oversee the Blickachsen Sculpture Biennale, which it organizes together with the municipality of Bad Homburg, the Kur- und Kongreß-GmbH and the Administration of Public Stately Homes and Gardens in Hessen. The foundation’s aim is to secure the long-term future of the Biennale, and to provide access to contemporary sculpture and installation art to an ever-growing audience in the public space. At the same time, the foundation seeks to promote the evolving cultural attraction of the city of Bad Homburg and the further Rhine-Main region, and to establish the region over time as an international centre for contemporary sculpture. In offering, every two years, a platform for exhibiting the work of both young and established artists from around the world, the foundation seeks both to promote emerging artistic talent, and to heighten popular interest in and appreciation of the most varied currents in three-dimensional art. A lively encounter with contemporary sculpture is stimulated by the diverse range of Blickachsen tours and workshops for children, young people and adults. In addition, the foundation sees itself as a mediator and point of intersection between cultural and educational institutions, supporting the dialogue between artists and museums, as well as between art and scholarship.
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