in Europe - A Guide to Art and Nature
239 p., 24x16 cm, 335 illus.,
276 in colour, Softcover,
3-7643-7625-2 - ISBN-13:
Birkhäuser book, $
40.00 / € 29,90
The first printed survey about European sculpture
The authors describe the
development of sculpture in the
2nd half of the 20th century. Many artists settle their works in the open air,
in sculpture parks and consciously they implant
a connection to the environmental surrounding. Not only cities but also the rural areas
with natural factors and problems (e.g. industrial history) are object and receive attention by the
artists’ work. Art pieces and the used material are no longer pure
of the surrounding garden or park, as happened in renaissance and baroque era.
Art piece and surrounding have a clear coherence. The most
obvious examples are developed by land art (earthworks).
In 18 European countries the authors chose sculpture parks of
high quality which created by their concepts an enlargement of urban culture
into the close to rural surrounding. They follow the new understanding of
sculptors and sponsors since the last decades of 20th century.
Descriptions and information in varying detailedness, with excellent photos to
more than 130 European sculpture parks, their founders, presented artists and
Short notes to opening times, admission, facilities and directions.
In some countries other parks could be chosen.
The introductive historical and environmental
developments are too detailed. For clarity and
handling contents and index could be structured more clearly.
An excellent description
about concepts, intensions of artists and sculpture parks!