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Esther Kläs

German-born Esther Kläs has developed a distinctive visual language that harks back to the great sculptural traditions of the twentieth century—including post-war abstraction and minimalism—while simultaneously challenging contemporary sculptural norms. Using malleable materials that can be worked by hand—cement, clay, plaster, Styrofoam and resin—Kläs is a process-based sculptor who maintains an intimate physical relationship with her work. Interested in the dynamics of group sculptures, Kläs often creates human-scale ensembles that seem governed by their own internal and external logic. Her practice frequently addresses stasis and movement, with her sculptures eliciting specific gestures and motions from viewers. Kläs is attentive to her inner experience as well as external reality, and her sculptures and works on paper appear at once as mysterious presences and projections of a poetic imagination.

Esther Kläs (b. 1981, Mainz, Germany) lives and works in Barcelona. Recent exhibitions include Maybe it can be different, Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, Italy (2020); Start, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (2019); ola/wave, Proyecto AMIL, Lima, Peru (2017-2018); Our Reality, Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania, Italy (2015-2016); Whatness, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany (2015); Girare Con Te, Marino Marini Museum, Florence, Italy (2014); Esther Kläs: Better Energy, MoMA PS1, NY, USA (2012).

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  • Publication

    Esther Kläs
    Johannes Wald

    texts by Friedrich Meschede, Erich Franz, Philip Larratt-Smith, published by Kunsthalle Bielefeld, 2015, 216 pages, English, German

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  • Announcement

    Esther Kläs to participate in Kunstenfestival Watou

    3 July – 5 September 2021
    Watou, Belgium

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  • Museum Exhibition

    Esther Kläs in
    The subtle interplay between the I and the me

    14 September 2020—16 August 2021
    Group exhibition at Kolumba, Cologne, Germany

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