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Sculpture Park

Outside the thick medieval walls of the former monastery the sculpture park is the perfect place for a break and takes you on a discovery journey along the river and further into the city.



The sculpture park is the result of the attempts in the late 1980's to use the open space around the building more attractively and at the same time give the selected samples of the collection a wider publicity. The area of the striking building of the museum, which lies in the center, extends westwards to the main axis of the city, Breiter Weg, and eastwards to the river Elbe.







The time of origin of these sculptures, approximately 50, ranges from the middle of the 20th century to the present day. Apart from the historical stock of bronze sculptures dating back to the time before 1989, for example the work of Gustav Seitz, Fritz Cremer, Waldemar Grzimek, Jenny Mucchi-Wiegmann, Wieland Förster or Werner Stötzer, all of them representative sculptors in the GDR, the emphasis is now on newer works of international contemporary art, for example works by Hamilton Finlay, Jenny Holzer, Gloria Friedmann, Auke de Vries, Schang Hutter, Heinz Breloh or Susan Turcot.


Sculpture of St. Mechthild of Magdeburg by Susan Turcot overlooking the Elbe river from Fürstenwall


All samples of the past years were created in association with the artists. Often they are thematically related to their exhibition place. This can be seen for example in the texts about the versatile concept of nature on two sandstone banks, located in the lower cloister, by Jenny Holster from 1999, in the sculpture “Chrysalis”, 1996/2007 by Ian Hamilton Finlay and its poetic reference to the dwindling vessel traffic on the river Elbe and furthermore in the mysterious “Nest”, 2006 by Sabrina Hohmann, which is located in a corner of the building of the Kunstmuseum. This relationship between art and exhibition place can be seen also in the monumental colored neon text work by Maurizio Nannucci 2007/2008 “Von so weit her bis hier hin. Von hier aus noch viel weiter” (“From so far away to here. From here to much further out”), with a length of 2 x 90 m (2 x 295 feet) on a bridge over the river Elbe as a symbol for the flow of time and for change.


Light installation by Maurizio Nannucci at the former lift bridge over the Elbe river. Photo: Hans-Wulf Kunze