Kerstin Brätsch Sigis Erben (Agate Psychics) 2012

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 215

Brätsch is a German artist who once said, “Sometimes, to build an image, you need four hands, two belonging to an artisan and two to the artist.”

For this work, she teamed up with a Swiss glassmaker to create colorful stained glass shapes that are based on her sketches. To build the steel poles, which act as a frame, Brätsch worked with an Italian designer. Focus on one color, shape, or material. What do you notice? Does it remind you of anything?

Kids label from 2023
Additional text

In 2012 Brätsch began working with artisans skilled in preindustrial, archaic crafts and apprenticed herself to Swiss glassmaker Urs Rickenbach with whom she collaborated to create this installation. Consisting of stained-glass panels set into a modular armature, Agate Psychics incorporates ornamental agate stones left over from a window project by German painter Sigmar Polke for the Grossmünster cathedral in Zurich. The artist achieved the work’s vivid reds and yellows by adding metallic particles to molten glass, a method first discovered by medieval glassblowers experimenting in alchemy. Brätsch’s use of this process reflects her longstanding interest in mysticism, occult rituals, and arcane forms of knowledge.

Gallery label from 2023
Medium
Antique-style glass with luster, enamel, and stained black pigments, float glass, agates, and powder-coated steel
Dimensions
Overall dimensions variable
Credit
Gift of Mrs. Katharine Kuh (by exchange)
Object number
1783.2012
Copyright
© 2024 Kerstin Brätsch
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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