From her early computer-calculated abstract sculptures in the mid-1970s to the assemblages of her latest body of work, Isa Genzken has proven to be one of the most influential artists of our time, challenging her artistic media and continuously redefining their aesthetics. Radically inventive in her oeuvre, Genzken is a continuing inspiration for many artists, particularly from recent generations.
This influence is confirmed in “Mach Dich hübsch!,” a survey of nearly 300 works—one of the most extensive ever presented in an institution—currently on view at the Stedelijk, Amsterdam. The exhibition presents an important and inspiring figure with enormous influence on a generation of artists with whom the Stedelijk has close relationships. Engaging with reality and the present. Genzken’s work reflects upon the material world around us: the built, designed, manmade structures that define our lives. Among artists, Genzken’s embodiment of the challenging, unconventional tradition of the Stedelijk Museum is virtually unequaled.