Isa Genzken. Painting. 1989

Isa Genzken Painting 1989

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 208 The David Geffen Wing

“Fragility can be a very beautiful thing, more beautiful than something that is obviously made to last forever,” Genzken has said about her fascination with ruins. Painting belongs to a series of freestanding concrete sculptures on high steel pedestals that Genzken began making in the late 1980s. The work resembles a building fragment, a motif reflecting her upbringing in a Germany devastated by war. It also commemorates the Berlin Wall, whose demolition, in 1989, changed Germany’s ideological landscape as well as its physical one.

Gallery label from 2020
Concrete and steel
103 9/16 x 63 x 30 5/16" (263 x 160 x 77 cm)
Gift of Susan and Leonard Feinstein and an anonymous donor
Object number
© 2021 Isa Genzken
Painting and Sculpture

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