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Skulptur Projekte Münster - Public sculptures exhibits in Germany

Skulptur Projekte Münster - Public sculptures exhibits in Germany

Skulptur Projekte Münster is an exhibition of sculptures in public spaces in the city of Münster, Germany. This exhibition is held once every 10 years and was started in 1977. It showcases work of international artists and is open to the public for free. The city of Münster purchases some of the sculptures at the end of every exhibition and they are installed permanently.

This exhibition is held for 100 days in the small college town and brings economic benefits as art lovers from all over the world visit the exhibition. The curatorial committee of the Sculpture Projects rotates with each of its manifestations and is meant to highlight the best example of sculptural artworks and installations from a worldwide selection of artists.

Famous artists like Joseph Beuys, Donald Judd, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Jeff Koons, Maurizio Cattelan, Koki Tanaka amongst others have been a part of this project since 1977 in 5 editions

1. Sculpture 2017 by Peles Empire (Temporary)

Peles Empire used its piece Sculpture to allude to the historicized architecture of Münster’s historic market.


2. We are still and reflective by Martin Boyce 2007 (Permanent collection)

Boyce's work does not impose itself on visitors, but is underneath the horizon, embedded in the ground. The letters say, “We are still and reflective.” A message that is difficult to understand but easy to overlook.


3. Pier 1997 by Jorge Pardo (Permanent collection)

Its minimalist design is reminiscent of Japanese garden architecture. The long walk across the pier invites us to take our time, savour the landscape, linger on the deck and enjoy the view across the water and towards the city.


4. Oktogon für Münster 1987 by Dan Graham (Permanent collection)

Dan Graham had an octagonal pavilion which was mirrored on all sides built in the palace gardens.


5. Untitled 1977 by Donald Judd (Permanent collection)

Donald Judd installed two concentric rings of concrete on the slope to lake Aa. The inner ring, similarly to the mirror surface of the lake, is horizontal, the outer aligned to the slope of the hill grass.




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