In Isa Genzken's Ring, Olivier Foulon delves into the history of public art commissioning in Rotterdam and offers up a theatrical interpretation of the story of an aborted sculptural project by the German artist Isa Genzken. In 1988, at the invitation of Rotterdamís urban sculpture commission, Genzken drew up plans to erect a monumental steel ring, suspended on a slant as though leaning on two apartment buildings separated by a street. The sculpture was started but never completed: some residents feared the vibrations caused by the wind blowing through the ring would make too much noise. So Genzkenís project was aborted and the various sections of the ring destroyed. The story of Isa Genzkenís Ring is told here in the form of a comedy, in which the dramatis personae come and go from one page to the next. Their actions and words in this fictional rendering may nonetheless provide a ďtrue-to-life representation" of what happened to an artistís ambitious project.
Editor: Olivier Foulon
Texts by Jan van Adrichem
Graphic design by Ella Klaschka
Published in 2018
24.5 x 32.5 cm