Delicate and Rarely Shown

Special Exhibitions /12.02 - 28.04.2019

The Glyptotek is exhibiting selected works from the museum’s storage. Experience meticulous drawings, fragile plaster and easily degradable materials such as cardboard, gravel and rubber, which together focus on materiality and sensibility. The exhibition will run from 12th February until 28th April.

The Glyptotek’s collections contain many works which are never, or hardly ever put on show because of their fragile condition. For this reason, these works are almost permanently in the museum’s storage. For this exhibition we have selected 40 works, including pieces by Louise Bourgeois, Astrid Noack, Auguste Rodin, Alberto Giacometti, Eugène Delacroix, Harald Giersing, Man Ray, Joan Mirò, C.W. Eckersberg and Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

There is no stylistic, historical or motivic connection between the works in Delicate and Rarely Shown. Instead they are all bound together by their inherently fragile and perishable condition. Works on paper are only exhibited for brief periods of time because of their sensitivity to light. Sculptures in plaster are highly porous and sensitive to moisture, while rubber slowly breaks down in prolonged contact with oxygen. Some of the works use the format of small sketches in the quest for intimacy. Some are preparatory sketches prior to the finished work being executed in large format. Or it may have been a conscious strategy on the artist’s behalf to create an easily perishable work which gives it a completely different temporal dimension.