Tom Burr

"Surplus of Myself"

10 June - 1 October 2017

OpeningFriday, 9 June at 7 pm 
VenueWestfälischer Kunstverein Rothenburg 30, 48143 Münster
Opening hoursDaily 11am - 7 pm

For almost three decades, Tom Burr’s sculpture, writing, collage, and photography have 

focused on access, site-specificity, the confluence of public and private environments, as well as the constructed persona. With the fifth edition of Skulptur Projekte Münster as a backdrop to all of Münster’s artistic and cultural endeavours in the summer of 2017, Burr chose to reflect upon this synchrony by adopting the decennial’s characteristic feature of adding, layering, framing, and juxtaposing artworks from different time periods. While the city of Münster is host to several artworks from the Skulptur Projekte editions of 1977 through today, Westfälischer Kunstverein will present five new sculptures by Tom Burr amidst a selection of earlier works. 

Appropriating the formal vocabulary of minimalism, Burr charges these seemingly neutral shapes and materials with innumerable connotations and references often associated with the emancipation of subcultures or details from his own biography. Burr processes architectural influences, such as brutalism, icons from the musical world, literature, art and politics. 

He is currently working on a year-long project in New Haven, Connecticut, where he engages with the architecture of a 1969 Marcel Breuer building, that once housed the headquarters of Armstrong Rubber (later Pirelli Tire). In both New Haven and Münster, Tom Burr is focusing on similarities between human and architectural bodies as well as the restrictions and constrictions inflicted upon them by structural, social or other authorities.



The exhibition is supported by the ministry of family, youth, culture and sports of North Rine-Westphalia, Kunststiftung NRW and Kulturstiftung der Sparkasse Münster.

Public Programme

Münster Lecture
Monday, 29 May at 6 pm at the University of Fine Arts

Friday, 9 June at 7 pm

Exhibition walkthrough with Tom Burr
Sunday, 11 June at 5 pm

Guided Tours with Kristina Scepanski
Friday, 23 June at 6 pm
*** Friday, 21 July -postponed to- 8 pm ***
Saturday, 2 September at 2 pm

Late Fridays
Open until 10 pm, Admission free
14 July
11 August 
8 September

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