Abraham David Christian | THE WAY 道

June 11 – August 29, 2010
MKM Museum Küppersmühle for Modern Art

For the first time Abraham David Christian is exhibiting in the MKM “HAYAMA_7 : Towers of Wisdom”, a new group of monumental bronze sculptures. Attesting to his intensive research into the intercultural trove of human forms, the works of the two-time documenta participant straddle the boundary between minimalism and sensuality, fragility and force. Spanning seven rooms, Christian’s retrospective in the MKM presents sculptures fashioned from bronze, plaster and paper and a selection of his drawings. The artist (*1952) lives and works in New York, Dusseldorf/Germany and Hayama/Japan.

On his worldwide excursions, Abraham David Christian sets out to explore the traditions of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. His oeuvre is shaped by the experiences gained on his many sojourns and extended trips across several continents, and by his profound understanding of foreign cultures and their forms of expression. According to the art critic Richard Milazzo, his works not only evoke the spirit of Renaissance art and the abstract art of the 20th century Avantgarde (for example, Brancusi, Giacometti or David Smith), but are also redolent of the art from Japan or India.