Sculpture in Marl

The Marl city centre is home to an unusual density of high-class works of art, a fact that visitors to the city notice straight away. Many of the residents of Marl have grown up with the sculptures, which have been a constant presence in the city since the early 1960s, long before the Skulpturenmuseum was founded in 1982. Some of the works were even purchased before the Rathaus was built from 1960 through 1967. A whole series of sculptures came to Marl as a result of the legendary ‘Kunst und Skulptur’ exhibitions in 1970 and 1972, when Holland and Switzerland were each invited guest countries. The open-air presentations were revolutionary for their time, and when they concluded, the works were purchased by the city. This group also includes ‘Naturmaschine’, by Brigitte und Martin Matschinsky-Denninghoff (1969), certainly one of the most popular sculptural works in the city. Generations of children have climbed around on the work. Strolling by and seeing children playing on it today reminds many an adult resident of Marl of his or her own childhood.


The Hot Wire

A collaboration between Skulptur Projekte Münster and Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl

documenta Athens and Kassel, the Venice Biennale, Skulptur Projekte in Münster: The hot art summer is already casting its shadow. This year, the shadows extend to Marl: THE HOT WIRE is a collaboration of Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl with Skulptur Projekte Münster. With the Westphalian city of Marl, Münster is expanding the object of its study – with its tradition for art in the public space, the city in the Ruhr region offers an exciting counterpoint. Because both topographically and sociographically, Marl marks the interface between the Ruhr region and Westphalia/Münsterland and has a tradition of its own in the realm of art in public space. There, the relics of a visionary building culture can still be seen and experienced.