“We Need Solace More Than Ever”: Chus Martínez on the Relevance of Public Sculpture Today

Last week, Cologne Sculpture Park announced that Chus Martínez, head of the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, would curate the ninth edition of its exhibition program. It is a momentous occasion, as “KölnSkulptur #9,” the two-year show slated to open on October 15, will coincide with the park’s 20th anniversary.

Although it’s still too soon to reveal the list of participating artists, Martínez gave artnet News some exclusive details about the themes of the forthcoming exhibition.

“I am interested in transformation, on how the perception of change affects our imagination of what is still possible,” she said. “I am thinking about nature, gender, and race as key ideas that drive me these days, but I am also thinking of music, of what elements could we introduce in curating to produce a sense of life, of a memory that will motivate the viewer. I imagine the park to be alive, a garden of delights oriented towards the production of a new trust in art and in culture.”

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