21st Century

Sculpture at the beginning of the 21st century is characterised by its great stylistic and thematic diversity. The spectrum ranges from figurative sculptures in traditional design to abstract sculptures of contemporary art.

Found: 1905

21st century

Sculpture in the 21st Century - Modernity Meets Tradition

In the first two decades of the 21st century, there are no new, revolutionary styles to be observed, as there were several in the 20th century. Today, the quality of sculpture consists much more in being open to influences from all epochs - from antiquity to the art of the 20th century - in terms of styles, themes, and techniques. By now, forms of expression such as expressionism, abstraction, or surrealism, which broke away from true-to-nature representationalism and were still considered avant-garde at the time of their creation, have been able to fully establish themselves both among artists and the public. But traditional figurative works that borrow elements from epochs such as the Renaissance, Gothic or Classicism also continue to occupy a permanent place at exhibitions and in galleries. The themes taken up in contemporary art are extremely diverse as well. The works can be very personal and biographical, but they can also deal with socio-critical and political positions. Overall, there is a great openness to all forms of expression in this epoch, and modern artists of the 21st century have every opportunity to develop their creativity.

Art in the 20th Century - Impulses for Sculpture Today

Sculpture in the 21st century is still clearly marked by the 20th century, which had brought about the ground-breaking and lasting changes for the entire visual arts. In hardly any other century sculpture was subject to such great change and received such diverse constructive impulses. With innovative styles and forms of expression such as expressionism, abstraction, surrealism, found object or pop art, artists opened up new horizons. Moreover, in the course of the century, the boundaries to other art forms such as installation, art in architecture, kinetics, object art or multimedia began to soften, and diverse forms of crossover developed. Even in the ranks of artists currently, to be found at international exhibitions and auctions, there are still many who were already active in the 20th century and had a decisive influence on sculpture, such as Georg Baselitz, Damien Hirst, Markus Lüpertz, Tony Cragg or Günther Uecker. But many young and creative artists are waiting in the wings to make their mark on sculpture in the 21st century.

Sculpture of the 21st Century at ars mundi

Here, at ars mundi, you will find a whole variety of contemporary artists, styles, and themes of 21st-century sculpture art. For example, we present impressive abstract works by artists such as Nikolaus Weiler, Susanne Immer, Ulrike Buhl, Sonja Edle von Hoeßle and Volkmar Haase. In contrast, Stefan Szczesny, Itzik Benshalom, Horst Antes and Hans Otto Lohrengel are dedicated to the contemporary interpretation of figuration. Bruno Bruni or Paul Wunderlich borrow elements from Surrealism, and artists such as Thomas Hoffmann, Romero Britto or James Rizzi are following the tradition of Pop Art. We also offer some classical pictorial themes, for example, sensitive nudes by Richard Senoner, Roman Johann Strobl and Hans Rabanser, or modern interpretations of animal depictions by Evert den Hartog and Thomas Otto. Valerie Otte and Thomas Jastram devote themselves to the tradition-steeped subject of human statuettes in a very modern way. In addition, you will find astute conceptual art by Ottmar Hörl as well as humorous objects by Loriot and Otto.