Magali Reus

"Halted Paves"

31 October 2015 - 17 January 2016

OpeningFriday, 30 October at 7 pm (Admission free)
VenueWestfälischer Kunstverein Rothenburg 30, 48143 Münster
Opening hoursTue-Sun 11am - 7 pm
Admission4 € / reduction 2 € / members free


Magali Reus (b.1981, The Hague) works a whole range of formal influences and art-historical references into her sculptures: she alludes to the domestic as well as the industrial, to the functional and also the decorative. As her formal point of departure, she uses the kind of objects we rely upon on daily but which we scarcely notice. All objects in our daily orbit fulfil either a specific role which the individual object’s design is geared towards, or alternatively, they serve an aesthetic purpose. Nevertheless, they invariable have a connection to man, his actions and body. This very relationship is manifestly apparent in Reus’s sculptures: the way in which the occasionally austere and smooth object can be charged with meaning, value or, to a certain extent, even personality by virtue of its interaction with man. Reus is presenting two new series of works at the Westfälischer Kunstverein: “In Place Of” is dedicated to the curb as a spatially structural and structuring element which many a person effect is ensnared, duly mutating into a public archaeological relic. “Leaves” is concerned with padlocks, namely their specific job of concealment yet at the same time vividly exposing their inner workings and functionality. As in the case of all Reus’s work, each one of these elements is compulsively detailed and has been elaborately designed and manufactured by the artist. Not one single piece of apparent detritus on the curb is a found object. Thus, Reus plays upon those immaculate surfaces so characteristic of today’s industrial design. The functional design of Reus’s sculptures makes them seem familiar yet at the same time they are imbued with individual traits as a result of her interventions.


Cooperation with SculptureCenter, New York; Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin



Ill.: Magali Reus | "In Place Of (Appetites)" (detail), 2015 | Courtesy the artist and The Approach, London | Photo: Plastiques Photography 




The exhibition is supported by the ministry of family, youth, culture and sports of North Rine-Westphalia.

Public Programme

Friday, 30 October at 7 pm (Admission free)

Artist Talk with Magali Reus
Saturday, 31 October at 11 am

Guided Tours with Kristina Scepanski
Saturday, 14 November at 2 pm
Thursday, 10 December at 6 pm
Friday, 15 January at 6 pm

Late Fridays
Open until 10 pm, Admission free
13 November
11 December 
8 January

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