Lena Henke. My Fetish Years

Lena Henke. My Fetish Years

8th Promotional Award of the City of Siegen's Rubens Prize

September 27th, 2019 to January 26th, 2020

Lena Henke, Lena Henke, "My Trust", 2019, "Your Trust", 2019 Exhibition view MGK Siegen, Germany Start diashow

A bright yellow shape made from weather-resistant synthetic rubber – a sleeping elephant as well as postmodern architecture; a bright red hoof made of Forton, alternating between a horse's foot, a tree trunk and a brick; a sculptural family group cast in deep purple rubber – simutaneously a portrait of a collection of figurative 20th century sculpture.

Lena Henke (born 1982 in Warburg, currently lives and works in New York) often arranges her diverse sculptural works in space-consuming installations. Her works of art are reminiscent of urban planning and Land Art; they address themes such as interpersonal relationships, sexuality, and fetishism. Henke always infiltrates the patriarchal structures of art history in a quirky manner, often with a humorous undertone. Employing strategies of intervention, appropriation and control, the artist examines her work in relation to herself and her family environment. Her formal language contains references to Minimalism, which she combines with surrealist motifs. In this way Henke investigates street life and explores the ideas of urban planners and urban theorists such as Jane Jacobs, Roberto Burle Marx and Robert Moses.

The exhibition "My Fetish Years" at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen sees itself as looking back into the future. The most comprehensive solo exhibition to date of the Rubens Promotional Award winner provides an overview of ten years of artistic production. In addition, new groups of works were developed specifically for Siegen and artistic questions are combined with future prospects.


Award ceremony and exhibition opening:

Friday, September 27th, 6 p.m.
Words of welcome: Thomas Thiel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Award presentation by Steffen Mues, Mayor of the City of Siegen
Laudatio: Stefanie Böttcher, Kunsthalle Mainz


The Promotional Award of the City of Siegen's Rubens Prize

Alternating with the “major” Rubens Prize, which is awarded for a life's work in painting, the City of Siegen in cooperation with the Museum für Gegenwartkunst Siegen presents the Rubens Promotional Award for outstanding young artistic talent every five years. As the 8th prizewinner, Lena Henke follows Vajiko Chachkhiani (2014), Diango Hernández (2009), Peter Piller (2004), Silke Rehberg (1999), Karin Sander (1994), Julia Lohmann (1989) and Max Neumann (1984).

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