The messmer foundation acquired artworks which are displayed in the Sculpture Garden in front of the Museum. A view you can enjoy while having a drink or a piece of cake at Café Evard.
Großen Gartenblume – Otmar Alt
Last to have arrived in the garden, a colourful sculpture by German artist Otmar Alt (born in 1940 in Wernigerode, Saxen-Anhalt). The sculpture, Großen Gartenblume, or big garden flower, measures 1.80 meter in width and 3.20 meter in height. It brightens the roundabout leading to the museum.
With this “flower”, Otmar Alt remains true to his work which is so unique and caracteristic. His colorful yorks, be it sculptures or paintins, bring happiness and fantasy. The multitude of formes and representations show his taste of experimentation, his curiosity and his exhuberance.
Otmar Alt has been living and working in Hamm, Westphalia, for numerous years.
Monoform 13 – Gottfried Honegger
The museum’s sculpture garden acquired the sculpture Monoform 13 of the internationally renowned Swiss artist Gottfried Honegger (born in 1917 in Zurich) in January 2014. The black granite sculpture is 184 cm high and weighs 550 kg. It impresses with its clearly defined, geometrical forms and their noble material.
Honegger is an important representative of concrete-constructive art. He lives and works in Zurich.
Quadrate-Paar, Dynamisch – Roland Phleps
A large stainless steel sculpture of the Freiburg-based artist Roland Phleps (born in 1924 in Sibiu, Romania) was installed in the museum’s sculpture garden in June 2013 in the presence of the artist. The sculpture Quadrate-Paar, Dynamisch is a brilliant exemple of concrete, constructive art. It is composed of two diagonally rounded squares whose brushed surface shimmers depending on the light.
Große Figuration – Rüdiger Seidt
Große Figuration, a sculpture meazuring 4,50 m and created by Rüdiger Seidt is the biggest work in the Sculpture Garden. The artist lives and works in Forbach, in the Northern part of the Black Forest.
The artist uses all the capacities offered by steel. He strikes it, bends it, polishes it, giving it round shapes or vigorous ones, giving birth to complex forms which are full of power. Those sculptures take full possession of the spaces they then inhabit. Stretched or sagging, rolling out to the skies or wriggling on the ground, they take many different faces.
The artist prefers open spaces for his works of art, where they are given the opportunity to be even more powerful. Thanks to its curbs, Große Figuration offers different facets, different feelings, depending on where the viewer stops to look at it.