Please note that the Skulpturenmuseum Marl is currently relocating and is closed. From 30 April, the museum will be showing an exhibition of works by the artist Christian Odzuck. The temporary accommodation is in the Martin Luther King School (Georg-Herwegh-Straße 67, Marl-Hüls).
As a transparent exhibition centre, the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl displays sculptures from the fields of both Classic Modernism and contemporary art – not only within the museum itself, but also within the urban space.
For those visiting Marl for the first time, the museum can be somewhat difficult to find. This is because, in Marl, it's a little harder to tell where art stops and the town starts. The Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten building is somewhat concealed, situated under the meeting wing of the town hall, next to the large flight of steps leading to the registry office.
Founded in 1982, the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten – "Glaskasten" being German for "glass box" – very much lives up to its name, with all of the exhibition space being completely surrounded by large, glass surfaces. Here, the exhibits on 20th century art, Classic Modernism and contemporary art are not hidden behind metre-thick walls. Instead, they are transparently and deliberately displayed out in the open, visible to passers-by in the street. The collection includes works from Auguste Rodin, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti and Wolf Vostell, among others, as well as from contemporary artists such as James Turrell, Bogomir Ecker, Felix Droese and Isa Melsheimer.
Another way in which the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten can be recognised from the street is thanks to the writing which spells out "Les Fleurs du Mal" – part of an installation from Düsseldorf-born artist Mischa Kuball. The letters are lit up at night, meaning that they can always be read. The installation also includes a large concrete vase, placed at the bottom of the flight of stairs and which the residents of Marl are encouraged to fill with flowers.
The museum's exhibits are not only limited to those which feature inside the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten. Approximately 100 additional sculptures, from (Hans) Arp to (Ossip) Zadkine, have been placed around the local area which surrounds the architecturally striking town hall, the artificial City-See lake, and the town area as a whole. The closer you approach the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten on foot, the higher the concentration of large sculptures to be discovered.
In 1990, another branch was added to the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten in the form of the Paracelsus-Klinik. The collection which is housed there comprises around 50 20th-century works of art.
Electronic art also has a place in Marl. Every two years, the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten awards the Marler Medienkunst-Preise series of awards – which consists of the Marler Videokunst-Preis and the EUROPEAN SOUNDART AWARD – to national artists who work with the media of video and sound. The prize winners are then presented in the museum in the form of an exhibition.
05. March – 18. June 2023
In her artistic oeuvre, the American performance and film artist Barbara Hammer (1939–2019) questions the socio-political status quo with an alert eye. At the end of the 1960s she made her first experimental films, in which Hammer autobiographically questioned her status as an openly homosexual person within American society, but also in front of herself. ...
06. June 2023
Barbara Hammer traveled again and again, always taking her camera with her. England, France, Denmark and the Galapagos Islands are just a few of the numerous destinations she visited between the 1970s and 1990s. The filmmaker was also regularly on the road within the United States to collect film material, participate at exhibitions or build up networks with like-minded people. The lecture on Tuesday, 6th June 2023 at 7 p.m. in the exhibition will highlight selected films by Hammer with a view to the motif of the journey. It examines not only how the artist staged the places she visited in front of the camera, but also what role she has as a tourist and traveller. To what extent does she use the film medium to capture her holiday impressions? And which longings are reflected and projected in her films?
Sarah Happersberger is an art historian and curator. From 2017 to 2019 she was part of the curatorial team at the Liverpool Biennial, having previously worked at the Arnolfini in Bristol and the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. She is currently doing her doctorate at the Justus Liebig University in Gießen on collaborative projects by female artists that emerged in the context of the women's movements of the 1970s and 1980s in Germany and the USA. In 2022 she organized an exhibition in Frankfurt am Main on the lesbian-feminist action space "Pelze Multimedia" (Berlin 1981-1996), in which Barbara Hammer also showed her films.
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