Isa Genzken



MDF plinth, plaster bust on wooden base, glasses, photograph, glue, mirror tape, print paper (LP inlay),
190 x 30 x 40 cm

Isa Genzken (b. 1948, Bad Oldesloe, Germany) studied fine arts, art history and philosophy in Hamburg, Berlin and Cologne. She currently lives and works in Berlin. Genzken uses everyday material culture to draw upon the aesthetics of minimalism, punk culture, assemblage and readymade art. Genzen’s works are part of the permanent collections of museums such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, and Museum Ludwig in Cologne.

Nofretete is a totem sculpture that appropriates reproduction of the bust of Nefertiti. Genzken dons sunglasses upon her sculpture, placing it on a tall pedestal to echo the thrones of Ancient Egyptian art. Genzken combines a figure of feminine beauty with objects of commercialised fashion in order to pursue a commentary on beauty, art and historical legacy.

"Artists should not look to the left or the right. Art should be strong and nonconformist —and most importantly, art should always be personal."