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Spiritual Center
1995 - marble, stainless steel

This work originated in a very different spirit from the other pieces in the park. After years of working with artists, the collector feared his presence and expectations might condition the artists' projects in some way. So the idea of an "outdoor atelier" was developed, with the aim of making the artist completely independent to manage the project. The area immediately outside the park grounds was entrusted to young Frank Breidenbruch who carried out the installation together with A.R. Penck.
Three horizontal sculptures recalling tusks or horns symbolize metaphysical ideas; these surround a tall cone, representing the earth and physical elements, which marks the "spiritual center" of the field. All the pieces are monoliths in white Carrara marble, carved to create a rough surface, on which are inscribed signs and pictographs.
In 1998, two further additions completed the work, which until that time had been considered "in progress."
The first was a round marble stone inscribed with a square formed by a list of "magic" words: sartor-arepo-tenet-opera-rotas. The second addition was a round stainless steel plate that covers the top of one of the two water wells on the site. This acts like a mirror for the sky, capturing the metaphoric origin of the horizontal sculptures in its reflections. The steel plate's form echoes that of the circular marble stone, the base of the cone, the well, and the horizontal pieces (all based on circular forms).

Frank Breidenbruch

Frank Breidenbruch was born in 1963 in Wuppertal where he trained as a stone sculptor. He spent a very long period living in Carrara, specialising in techniques for working marble. He has made commissions for the Allianz Versicherungs AG, Cologne; Stadtsparkasse and Nordpark, Wuppertal. He has participated in numerous group shows and among his solo exhibitions we recall here the ones at la Cappella Wendelin in Weil der Stadt (1998); Power Station, Offenbach am Main (1999); l'Ausstellung Museum Leingarten, Heilbronn (2004).

A.R. Penck

A.R. Penck was born Ralf Winkler in Dresden in 1939 and since 2004 divides his time living and working between Ireland and Germany. He has held one-man shows in recent years at: Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (1995); Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima (1997); Museum Kuppersmuhle Sammlung Grothe, Duisburg (2003); Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Ostende (2003); Arario Beijing, Beijing (2006); Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (2006); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2008) then traveled to Kunsthalle Kiel and Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris; Staatliches Museum fur Kunst und Design, Nuremberg (2008).

In Italy his work has recently been seen in important group shows: Fine Novecento; Palazzo Tiranni Castracane, Cagli (2003); Kunstkollettiva, Galleria Adarte, Padenghe sul Grada (2003); Autobiografia di una Galleria, Galleria Giò Marconi, Milan (2004); il teatro dell'arte Villa Manin, Codroipo, UD (2005).

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