19 July – 5 October 2014
Inverleith House is delighted to present the first UK exhibition outside London by one of the great living artists of our time, Isa Genzken. It features recent work, displayed in the seven naturally-lit rooms of Inverleith House, overlooking the landscaped grounds of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Throughout her career Isa Genzken (b. 1948, Bad Oldesloe, Germany) has produced an extraordinary and highly influential body of work. She deals with society, economy and history in ways which are varied and radical, finding new forms which are both rigorous and liberating. Isa Genzken studied at the State Art Academy in Dusseldorf, where she exhibited her first work of art in 1974. She was one of the first artists to use computer programmes for artistic purposes, creating geometric wooden sculptures. Later dealing with sound and then light, she made sculptures of concrete, steel and epoxy resin which were also profoundly different from anything else being made at the time.
In the last 15 years, her work has focused on the urban – combining aspects of photography, collage and cheap readymade objects, from plastic toys and fake flowers to kitchen appliances and shop mannequins, to create highly distinctive sculptural assemblages, which are at once poetic, humorous and disturbing.
Genzken represented Germany at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007 and was most recently the subject of a major retrospective at MoMA, New York (2013-14).