Julius von Bismarck

Apr 18th – Oct 31st, 2021
Emscherkunstweg, Duisburg

Copyright the artist; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf; Photo Heinrich Holtgreve

Julius von Bis­ma­rck has cre­a­ted in col­la­bo­ra­tion with Marta Dya­chenko a minia­ture city at the Old Emscher in Duis­burg. »Neu­stadt« con­sists of model house sculp­tu­res that once sha­ped the Ruhr area, but have been demo­lis­hed since the 2000s.

On a scale of 1:25, Marta Dyachenko and Julius von Bismarck have brought former apartment buildings, schools, fun pools, churches, bunkers and other buildings back to life as sculptural models made of concrete and steel. A fictitious city structure made of demolished buildings is thus created in model format at the Duisburg-Nord Landscape Park.

In 'Neustadt', society and architectural history are not revealed through new creations, but through the decision of which architecutre was removed. The whole complex becomes a negative of contemporary building politics - a city as an antiversion that is nevertheless permanently installed in reality through the materials used - steel, glass and concrete.

Julius von Bismarck

The Emscher­kunst­weg – Emscher Art Trail – is a per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of art in public space: eigh­teen arti­stic works acces­si­ble to eve­r­yone at all times and free of charge. Along the banks of the Emscher river you’ll see the uni­que con­ver­sion of the water­way that has deci­si­vely accom­pa­nied struc­tu­ral change in the Ruhr region.

About Julius von Bismarck

In his works Julius von Bismarck explores people’s ability to perceive, and he uses the laws of physics to challenge the way we are used to seeing things.

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