Sculpture 21st: Danica Dakic

Opening on Thursday, 26 January, 7 p.m., in the presence of the artist

What Is Sculpture? In her latest project, MISSING SCULPTURE, the artist Danica Dakić (*1962) inquires after a (lost) sculpture of the future.

In cooperation with the photographer and cinematographer Egbert Trogemann, the composer Bojan Vuletić, guest artists, Duisburg residents and the art education department of the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Dakić will create a complex installation combining sound collage and drawings on the floor which will, with the participation of the visitors, turn the Museum’s glass hall itself into a sculpture.

In the mid-20th century Joseph Beuys shattered traditional notions of sculpture with his idea of the social sculpture. In his acceptance speech for the 1986 Wilhelm Lehmbruck Award he said: “Everything is sculpture.” Danika Dakić used Beuys’s memorable speech as well as the life and works of Wilhelm Lehmbruck as the starting point for a site-specific work that will take the visitors on a quest for the sculpture of the 21st century, one that will be open to current social and political realities.

Danika Dakić studied at the Sarajevo Academy of Fine Arts, the Academy of the Arts in Belgrade and the Düsseldorf Arts Academy. She works with performative and participatory processes in various media to question cultural memory and identity, language and the ever-changing flow of history. Dakić lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Funded by the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Landschaftsverband Rheinland.