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Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller

Wilhelm Lehmbruck Prize Winners 2020 of the City of Duisburg and the Rhineland Regional Council

Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg

© Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller; Courtesy of the artists and Luhring Augustine, New York

The space-consuming sound installations by Canadian artist couple Janet Cardiff (born 1957) and George Bures Miller (born 1960) cast an immediate spell over us. For their innovative life’s work, in which they blur the boundaris between sound art, audio drama, concert, cinema, and theatre, they were awarded the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Prize of the City of Duisburg and the Rhineland Regional Council in 2020.

Their works are borne by the power and magic of the voices, the music, and the noises that transport us to imaginary worlds in which we have to reassure ourselves of our own perception again and again. All of our senses are challenged, but most of all our hearing. Cardiff and Miller open up new perspectives for the sculpture of the 21st century. The immaterial nature of sound is physically palpable and thus acquires an impressive presence. Sound becomes a plastic material.

The Wilhelm Lehmbruck Prize winners‘ exhibition presents works by the artist duo from the last 20 years, including their latest environment “Escape Room”, which makes ist European debut at the Lehmbruck Museum.

The exhibition of the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Prize Winners is supported by the Rhineland Regional Council (LVR), the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Brost Foundation, duisport - Duisburger Hafen AG, GEBAG Duisburger Baugesellschaft mbH, the Embassy of Canada, the Freundeskreis Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum e.V., and private sponsors.

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