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.

THE HOT WIRE comprises a variety of project components in the indoor and outdoor area: Artists who work in both cities, exchange of sculptures, an exhibition of models from the Skulptur Projekte archive and Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl and a wealth of reciprocal visits, including by the authors of the writing project KUR UND KÜR in Münster.

Das Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl

The name ‘Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten’ describes, on the one hand, the location – the fully glass-enclosed space of the museum beneath the meeting wing of the Rathaus in Marl – and on the other hand, the substantive concept of openness and transparency for everyone. In Marl, the works of art are not hidden behind museum walls; instead, many of them are integrated into the everyday life of the city. More than 100 outdoor works, from Arp to Zadkine, are positioned in the public space that surrounds the town hall and the artificial city lake. The closer one comes to the actual Glaskasten, the denser the ring of sculptures becomes. The glass-encased interior spaces of the museum, which can be viewed at all times, house large sculptures that are not suitable for outdoor installation, as well as a series of small sculptures and objects.

Die Skulptur Projekte Münster

The international Skulptur Projekte have been held in Münster once every 10 years since 1977. Artists from all over the world are invited to develop location-based works of art in the public space – including sculptural works as well as temporary installations or performances. The new sculpture projects, 35 in all, form part of the architectural, historical and social environment of the city. At the same time, they point beyond this: Reflections about the concept of sculpture as well as current topics of our globalised present or questions about the relationship between the public and private space in times of increasing digitization.



Artistic presence in two locations: Artists are developing new works

Multiple projects realized as a kind of twin in both locations form an artistic bracket. The type of linkage is complex: Lara Favaretto positions two monoliths in both cities; after 30 years as a ‘Melonensäule’, Thomas Schütte’s ‘Kirschensäule’ from Münster is getting a location-specific counterpart in Marl; and Sany´s (Samuel Nyholm) humorous ‘Tings’ also offer interventions in both cities. A work designed and realized by Joëlle Tuerlinckx specifically for Marl initiates a transit on an extended level.

The sculptural exchange between Marl and Münster: Existing art works are changing their location

Sculptures are literally swapped between the temporary partner cities to create an opportunity to re-examine the works in another location and under completely different conditions, both social and in terms of urban development. Ludger Gerde’s ‘Angst’ and Olle Bærtling’s filigree spatial drawing from the Marl city centre are travelling to Münster for the duration of the exhibition – and in exchange, works from previous editions of Skulptur Projekte, dating back to 1977, will find a temporary new location in Marl. The implementation of Richard Artschwager’s bicycle-stand monument, as well as the re-enactment of Reiner Ruthenbeck’s 1997 performance with two horses in Münster, offer an excellent bridge between the two cities.

An exhibition of models from the Skulptur Projekte archive at Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl.

A total of more than 50 models of executed and planned works from the Skulptur Projekte archive and the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl will be on display in the exhibition. This examines the linkage between idea and subsequent realization in the outdoor space. In the entrance area to the Skulpturenmuseum, visitors will also see some of the miniatures from the work “Roman de Münster“ that Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster had presented in Münster in 2007. At this level, too, a substantive connection is created between the sculptures in the outdoor space and the model exhibition in the lower level of the museum.

The residence programme for authors: KUR UND KÜR

The writing project by poet Monika Rinck accompanies at a literary level the changes that the sculpture projects imply for the city of Münster. Ten authors in all are spending two weeks each in Münster – but they will also explore Marl entirely in the spirit of the sculpture exchange.

Artists involved

Richard Artschwager, Helmut Bettenhausen, Guillaume Bijl, William Brauhauser, Eberhard Bosslet, Richard Deacon, Mark Dion, Lara Favaretto, Günter Fruhtrunk, Louis van Gasteren, Isa Genzken, Ludger Gerdes, Alfio Giuffrida, Rolf Glasmeier, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Werner Graeff, Manuel Graf, Friedrich Gräsel, Keith Haring, Karl Hartung, Elizabeth Hoak-Doering, Jan Hoeft, Shirazeh Houshiary, Berthold Hörbelt, Thomas Huber, Joseph Jaekel, Mike Kelley, Gisela Kleinlein, Diethelm Koch, Thomas Köner, Christina Kubisch, Sol LeWitt, Gustav Metzger, Charlotte Moth, Ulrich Möckel, Matt Mullican, Ansgar Nierhoff, Sany (Samuel Nyholm), Claes Oldenburg, Jorge Pardo, Stefan Pietryga, Heinz-Günther Prager, Random People & Red Park, Johanna Reich, Gerhard Reinert, Erich Reusch, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Matthias Schamp, Corinna Schnitt, Thomas Schütte, Richard Serra, Bert Theis, Rosemarie Trockel, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Micha Ullman, Timm Ulrichs, Rudolf Wachter, Nico Joana Weber, Julia Weißenberg, Pae White, Wolfgang Winter


DURATION OF THE EXHIBITION: 04 June – 01 October 2017

ADMISSION: free of charge


Tuesday to Friday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Public and free: on Sundays 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays 3:30 p.m.

On request:,

02365/992257 or 02365/992631; 60 euros/hour


Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl
Creiler Platz, Rathaus, 45768 Marl      + 49 (0)2365 / 99 22 57


Via Sickingmühler Straße and Eduard-Weitsch-Weg.

With public transport, continue to the ‘Marl Mitte’ urban railway and

bus station


Exhibition guide, about 60 pages, with introductory text by Georg

Elben, EUR 6.


Approx. 430 pages, numerous illustrations, reduced price EUR 15, in

bookstores for EUR 18.