Michael Asher's Mobile Sculpture in Münster
’77 ’87 ’97 ’07
27.02 – 25.04.2020
Being the only artist who participated in all four editions of Skulptur Projekte between 1977 and 2007, Michael Asher (1943-2012), proposed many projects for the first edition in 1977 and finalised his proposal with his caravan project, where the caravan would be parked at various locations, in and around Münster, during the exhibition period. The 4.56 meters long Eriba Famila model caravan would be installed at its new parking location, the only day the museum is closed, on Mondays.
Although he had different project proposals when he was invited again the second time in 1987 for Skulptur Projekte, he could not resist the idea of reinstallation of the caravan work after 10 years. With its window curtains closed and doors locked, the caravan made visits every ten years to the city, like an old friend, branching out from the centre of town to its more suburban areas. If the previous parking location was extensively modified or no longer available for access, the Caravan would pass that week’s location and wait to be installed on the following week in the storage unit.
Over the course of thirty years, the viewers’ travels to see the work in the city from one position to the other answered the updated questions raised by the work’s concepts of motion and stability, while interrupting the idea of a traditional public sculpture.
Michael Asher’s determination and insistence on using the same text to describe his work for all four editions as well as using the same model caravan allows the viewers to witness a passing of time with often unnoticed, quiet changes to the city of Münster.
First documented at LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur in Münster in 2017, by Skulptur Projekte Archives, the project is now being exhibited at Riverrun with the title Caravan: Michael Asher’s Mobile Sculpture in Münster ’77 ’87 ’97 ’07.
Documentation support by Skulptur Projekte Archives, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster.Photographs by LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur (Westfälisches Landesmuseum), Münster/Rudolf Wakonigg (1977, 1987); Roman Mensing, artdoc.de (1997, 2007). © Michael Asher Foundation. Exhibition prints made from digital files. Special thanks to: Michael Asher Foundation, Skulptur Projekte Archives, Maria Engelskirchen, Roman Mensing, Friedrich Meschede, James VoorhiesOrganised by Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte decennially in Münster, Germany since 1977, Skulptur Projekte invites international artists to produce sculptures in public spaces.