Sculpture and Photography
Sculpture and Photography
Wilhelm Mundt began working on the Trashstones group of sculptures in 1989. The group is the conceptual and formal anchor point of his work, referred to in installations, photographic works, drawings and video works.
Taking the production residues from his studio as the starting point, Mundt, in a labour-intensive process using the force of his own physique, compresses the matter into lumpy forms weighing up to a ton. In a series of elaborate steps, these material cores are then encased inside a solid shell of glass fibre, coloured synthetic resin, bronze or aluminium. The Trashstones’ formative interiors, the materials as well as their metaphorical content, remain obscured from view by their biomorphic outer form. Each piece is unique and marked with a three-digit sequential number, beginning with 001, to reference their serial production processes.
With their immediately sensual form, combining aesthetics with ethics, irony with seriousness, the sculptures address questions of sustainability. The Trashstones can thus be read as cryptic commentary on pressing ecological issues, but also as a further radical development of an abstract sculpture that sees itself inspired by artists such as Hans Arp or Barbara Hepworth. In the group of works Trashstones, Wilhelm Mundt juxtaposes industrial manufacturing processes and function-dependent form inventions with an autonomous artistic framework of action.
In the Trashstone photographs, Mundt shows the forms in their original size. Their voluminous physicality, however, appears on the white surface of the picture like a black hole. All that remains of the sculpture’s original volume is the fine line of the lower edge’s surface on the work’s contoured shadow.
Works by Wilhelm Mundt have been exhibited at the Kunstmuseum in Bonn, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck in Remagen, Fondation Villa Datris in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg, and the Museum Kunstpalast and K20 Grabbeplatz, both in Düsseldorf. Mundt’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen in Switzerland, the Margulies Collection in Miami, Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg, and in the University of Bayreuth; they are also in corporate art collections of, among others: Munich RE Reinsurance Company, BNP Paribas bank and the energy company Vestas Aarhus.
Wilhelm Mundt was born in Grevenbroich, Germany, in 1959 and lives in Rommerskirchen in North Rhine-Westphalia. He holds a professorship for sculpture at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HfBK) Dresden.
Born 1959 in Grevenbroich. Lives and works in Rommerskirchen, Cologne and Dresden.
2009 - Professorship at University of Fine Arts, Dresden
1989 - 91 Teaching assignment at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
|1979 - 86||Kunstakademie Düsseldorf|
|2007||Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture, Royal Academy of Arts, London|
|1986||Scholarship Kunstfonds e.V., Bonn|
Universität St Gallen
Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg
Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen
Margulies Collection, Miami
Société Générale Collection, Paris
Biomorph!, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Snoeck Verlag
|2010||"Wilhelm Mundt", Text by Raimund Stecker, Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum
Bochynek, Martin, “Alte Klarheit, neue Kartoffeln”, Kölner Stadtanzeiger, 9 Aug 2010
|2007||“Wilhelm Mundt - Trashstones”, Essay by Roland Scotti, Vera Gliem
, Stiftung Liner Appenzell – Ziegelhütte, Appenzell/CH
“Buchmann Galerie seit 1975”, B&M Verlag, Basel
|2005||“Wilhelm Mundt, Eine Werkauswahl”, monography on the sculptors work from 1989 – 2005, Essay by Roland Wäspe (Kunstmuseum St.Gallen) and interview by Katrin Luz, English/German, B&M Publishers Basel|
|2000||“Kabinett der Zeichnung. Eine Ausstellung des Kunstfonds”,
Kunstfond e.V., Düsseldorf
|1998||Winzen, Matthias, (translated by Pauline Cumbers): Wilhelm Mundt, in: “Deep Storage. Collecting, Storing, and Archiving in Art”, Ingrid Schaffner, Matthias Winzen (eds.), Contemporary Art Center, NY (July 5-August 30, 1998), Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (November 5, 1998-January 31, 1999), Munich: Prestel, 1998, pp. 204-208, (exhib.cat.)|
|1997||“Plastik”, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Text by Dirk Luckow
“Deep Storage”, Haus der Kunst München, Text by Matthias Winzen, München
|1996||Luckow, Dirk, in: Art + Text, No. 53, 1/96
Taschitzki, Thomas von, “Grob gebuendelt“, Kölner Stadtanzeiger, 21 Oct. 1996
|1994||“Lawrence Caroll, Tony Cragg, Wilhelm Mundt, Manuela Allegrini” Gallery, Brescia, Text by Roland Waespe, Brescia
Bochynek, Martin, “Wilhelm Mundt”, in: Artist, 5/94
|1993||Mundt, Wilhelm, “Wilhelm Mundt und Martin Schwenk: Skulpturen: Buch zur Ausstellung vom 3. Juli bis 22. August 1993“, Verlag der Kunstvereins für die Rheinlande und Westfalen (1993)
“Am Beispiel Plastik, Konzeption und Form: Georg Baselitz, Franz Bernhard, Heinz Breloh, Mic Enneper, HAWOLI, Wilhelm Mundt, Robert Schad, Tim Scott, Thomas Virnich”, 1993
Konzeption und Form, Museum Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen; Haus am Waldsee, Berlin; Städtische Kunsthalle, Mannheim, Text by Vera Gliem, 1993.