Alexandra Bircken


STRETCH is a comprehensive retrospective of work by artist Alexandra Bircken, showing both early and new pieces.

A fundamental parameter of her work is experimentation with materials, with the body as a key point of departure. Her multi-layered, meticulously-constructed sculptures explore skin as covering, as an organ and a cellular structure, but also as a boundary between inside and outside.

Materials used in her objects are notable for their strikingly diverse, often contradictory qualities: plaster models, waxes, mannequin fragments and pieces of clothing stand in for body parts; structures packed with wool are used as set pieces and interwoven with one another.

Texts by Alexandra Bircken, Thomas Brinkmann, Friedrich Wolfram Heubac, Kathleen Rahn, Claire Le Restif, Michael Stoeber, Susanne Titz.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Alexandra Bircken: STRETCH at Kunstverein Hannover (1 October – 27 November 2016); Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach (26 March – 25 June 2017); and Centre d’artcontemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac (8 September – 17 December 2017).

English and German text.

Alexandra Bircken - STRETCH
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