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Münster Sculpture Projects 2017 unveils artist line-up

Thomas Schütte and Jeremy Deller among artists from 19 countries to take part in the once-a-decade event

by Julia Michalska  |  22 February 2017
Münster Sculpture Projects 2017 unveils artist line-up
Rendering of Ayse Erkmen's project for Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017 (Image: © Jan Bockholt)
The curators of Sculpture Projects Münster, the German sculpture festival held every ten years, have announced the line-up of 35 artists, artist duos and artist groups who will be taking part in the event’s fifth edition (10 June-1 October).
 
“Coming from 19 different countries, the artists span a broad spectrum of origins and nationalities,” the organisers say in a press statement.
 
Around a quarter of the artists on the list are German, including Gregor Schneider, Thomas Schütte, Andreas Bunte and Hito Steyerl.
 
Three UK artists are taking part (Jeremy Deller, Michael Dean and Cerith Wyn Evans), and four from the US (Oscar Tuazon, Michael Smith, Justin Matherly and John Knight).
 
Participants from further afield include the Lagos-based artist Emeka Ogboh, and Hervé Youmbi, who is based in Douala, Cameroon.
 
Details of some of the artists’ projects have already been revealed. They include an underwater bridge by the Turkish artist Ayse Erkmen, a mobile phone work by Bunte, and a dance performance in the Hall of Peace by the Romanian artist Alexandra Pirici.
 
The 100-day event in the small town of Münster in north Germany was initiated in 1977 by Klaus Bussmann, the then director of the Westfällisches Landesmuseum in Münster, and Kasper König who was a curator at Cologne’s Museum Ludwig at the time.
 
According to a statement, the festival’s “realisation at generous ten-year intervals makes the exhibition not only a special event, but also a ‘long-term study’ between the poles of art and the public sphere”.
 
This year’s Skulptur Projekte Münster is organised by König, the freelance curator Britta Peters and Marianne Wagner, the curator of contemporary art at the city’s LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur. It will include a second site, the industrial city of Marl, 30 miles from Münster.

• See the full list of artists here 

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