Ball, Wheel and Pendulum Ball, Wheel and Pendulum
Ball, Wheel and Pendulum
Museum für Sepulkralkultur, Kassel, Bildarchiv


14. June 1998 – 16. August 1998

Sculptures and objects by Wolf Spemann, Wiesbaden

The Mühlhäuser Museums and the Museum for Sepulchral Culture are jointly responsible for the exhibition of sculptures and objects by Wolf Spemann, sculptor in Wiesbaden, until 1993 professor of sculpture and design at the Johann Goethe University in Frankfurt/M. At the beginning of the 1990s, he took over the chairmanship of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal (Study Group Cemetery and Monument) for five years, where he worked with great commitment.

The exhibition shows a limited part of his artistic work and focuses on spatial bodies: SPHERE, WHEEL AND PENDULUM. All three forms are inextricably linked to a center and contain within them a symbolism bestowed by human beings. Through Spemann's artistic and creative influence, the forms are enlivened and condense into archetypal statements about rhythms, life and death.

The sculptures and objects can not only be grasped with the eyes, but are also revealed in the movement of turning, swinging and pausing. Thus, he also recommends his visitors to touch the works and to bring them into motion.

The most self-contained form is probably the sphere, it closes itself off in all directions, it is the most suitable form for themes that visualize thoughts of protection and preservation.

The wheel, also known as the wheel of life, primarily symbolizes time, it revolves around the hub, its center is a symbol of life with its center and its course, which ends with a stall. The movements of the pendulum or the seesaw are similar to this. Associations with the pendulum of the clock are imposed and therefor also the association with time, which passes.


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Arbeitsgemeinschaft Friedhof und Denkmal e.V.

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