Leiko Ikemura
Pleasure Garden

11 Sep 2020 - 5 Dec 2020
Berlin

Leiko Ikemura, Pleasure Garden

Kewenig is pleased to open an exhibition of works by Leiko Ikemura, for the first time focusing primarily on the gallery's garden in the backyard. Five bronze sculptures dot the symmetry of the outdoor area, which is designed in the style of Renaissance gardens.

Since the 1980s, alongside her work on canvas and paper, sculpture has been an integral part of Leiko Ikemura's multifaceted oeuvre, in which the various media encounter each other with equal value and are mutually dependent. In paintings as well as in sculptures of the artist, mythical creatures often appear, which can be located both in Far Eastern and Western mythology. The depicted bodies are usually in a fluid transition between man, animal and landscape. For example, the head of the almost architecturally constructed bronze 'Braut/Bride' (1990/2019) is adorned with a pair of cat ears. Without facial features it appears unapproachable, stoic – only the openings at the sides give it an erotic and vulnerable feeling.

Installation views

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Works

Bird Column
Bride
Hase-Säule (Hase-Rom)
Lake Biwa Autumn, Summer, Spring
Sleep
Untitled
Bust

Leiko Ikemura

Bride
Bride
Bride
Bride, 1990/2020
Patinated bronze
98 x 45 x 31 cm
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