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Tony Cragg at Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf

Tony Cragg - Constructor

February 22 - May 26, 2024

What is usually forbidden is not only permitted here, but expressly encouraged: "Please touch!" is the title of Tony Cragg's exhibition at Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf. It is an invitation to the visitors to touch the sculptures, to feel their materiality and to perceive the differences between the various materials. Whether stone, glass, wood, stainless steel or plastic: the materials Tony Cragg works with are as diverse as their properties and qualities. In addition to the visual experience, the exhibition now offers the unique opportunity to explore Cragg's artistic work tactilely. The Kunstpalast shows around 60 works by the artist.

Tony Cragg became one of the most important representatives of "New British Sculpture" in the 1980s, represented Great Britain at the 1988 Venice Biennale and received the prestigious Turner Prize in the same year. The British sculptor, who has his studio in Wuppertal, is undoubtedly one of the most important artists of our time. His work has received many awards and has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions worldwide. These range from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, to the Centre Pompidou and the Louvre, Paris, to the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, and Albertina, Vienna. In 2023, the Pinakothek der Moderne/Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich dedicated a solo show to Cragg.

His sculptures, which reveal the artist’s great interest in sciences, oscillate between nature, technology and culture as well as between modernity and tradition.


„When I’m involved in making sculpture, I’m looking for a system of belief or ethics in the material. I want that material to have a dynamic, to push and move and grow."

- Tony Cragg