Wilhelm Mundt - About Lines
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Stockholm, September 28–November 3, 2023


GSA Gallery is pleased to present Wilhelm Mundt’s third solo exhibition together with the gallery. In the exhibition About Lines, new works in the series Trashstones are showcased.

Wilhelm Mundt is most renowned for his iconic series of organic sculptures known as Trashstones. These sculptures are crafted using waste materials from Mundt’s studio, which are then enveloped in layers of vibrant glass-fiber reinforced plastic. The sculptures take shape through the incorporation of production waste contained within them. By employing this technique, Mundt avoids the conventional methods of sculpting that involve either adding or subtracting material. Instead, he recycles the very means of production, leading his creations to not only comment on consumer culture but also pay homage to the longstanding tradition of sculpture.

Right from the beginning, the artist meticulously assigns a sequential triple-digit number to each piece. These Trashstones are part of an interconnected series, evoking thoughts of assembly line processes. The series, currently comprising a substantial assemblage of around 800 distinct pieces, serves as a testament to the artist’s unwavering dedication to exploring diverse forms and colours. This approach bestows every Trashstone with a distinct and unparalleled identity.

Only the artist knows the contents enclosed in the core of the sculpture; however, seemingly transparent areas lead the viewer to believe that they can glimpse what is hidden inside.

Regardless of the myriad of possible associations, the aim is to create something that does not pretend to be anything other than it is, Mundt clarifies.

Wilhelm Mundt was born in 1959 in Grevenbroich, Germany. After completing his studies at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, he began a long international exhibition career and has exhibited most recently at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf and K20 Grabbeplatz, Düsseldorf. His works are in the collections of several museums and institutions, including Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Margulies Collection Miami, Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg, University of Bayreuth, MunichRE, BNP Paribas and Vestas Aarhus. As a teacher in Art, he also became a Professor at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts. In 2007, Mundt received the Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture from the London Royal Academy of Arts.

Works in the exhibition: