This summer’s Sculpture Garden installation brings together figurative works from the late 19th century to the present day. Making its debut in the Sculpture Garden is Figurengruppe/Group of Figures, by contemporary German artist Katharina Fritsch (b. 1956). Conceived in 2006–08, the work features nine life-size sculptures of, among other figures, St. Michael, a Madonna, a giant, and a snake, all rendered in precise detail and finished in bold colors. Religious symbolism and references to mythology abound, yet any fixed meaning remains open and elusive. Group of Figures is joined by earlier works such as Auguste Rodin’s heroic St. John the Baptist Preaching (1878–80) and Aristide Maillol’s pensive Mediterranean (1902–05). Striking a casual pose in his derby hat is Elie Nadelman’s Man in the Open Air (c. 1915), and perched atop a tall pedestal is Gaston Lachaise’s open-armed, voluptuous Floating Figure (1927). Perennial favorites like Picasso’s She-Goat (1950) and Miró’s Moonbird (1966) are on view as well, in addition to works by Renée Sintenis, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore, and Tom Otterness.
Organized by Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture.
The exhibition is made possible by a partnership with
Volkswagen of America.
Image: Shown, from back: Joan Miró. Moonbird. 1966. Bronze, 7' 6" x 6' 6" x 57" (228.5 x 198.2 x 144.9 cm). Nina and Gordon Bunshaft Bequest. © 2012 Successió Miró/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; Aristide Maillol. The River. Begun 1938–39; completed 1943 (cast 1948). Lead, 53 3/4" x 7' 6" x 66" (136.5 x 228.6 x 167.7 cm), on lead base designed by the artist 9 3/4 x 67 x 27 3/4" (24.8 x 170.1 x 70.4 cm). Printer: Alexis Rudier. Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris