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Stephan Balkenhol’s “Hommage an August Macke”, Hofgarten Bonn
Stephan Balkenhol’s “Homage to August Macke” comprises an approximately 4.5-metre-high, publicly accessible pavilion with a glass roof, inside of which stands an over-sized bronze sculpture. It is a prototype of Balkenhol’s universe of figures. An ageless man clad in black trousers and a white shirt, exuding an inner tranquillity and devoid of any suggestion of movement or narrative attributes. Balkenhol’s human figures are characteristically neutral and undefined, their quintessential core always remaining concealed. For Balkenhol is not seeking to commemorate August Macke through his physique but through his work. And thus the coloured sky is the actual centrepiece of the sculpture. As he gazes into the firmament, the figure is placing himself in relation to the world; here stands August Macke, painter, seeker. A does Stephan Balkenhol. An artist. A human being. An everyman. Thus Macke is a projection screen for myriad associations, rather than a mere representation.
Within the framework of the Bonn Art Project, the Foundation is planning to commission an acclaimed artist each year until 2030 to design a work for its public space – Bonn as an urban museum. The works are to be created and financed completely through commercial sponsorship, without state or municipal funding: private-sector commitment to publicly accessible art.