Wood, hemp rope

17 x 80 x 115 cm (6 11/16 x 31 1/2 x 45 1/4 in.)

The wood beam is used and bears the signs of time and wear and tear. In its centre lies a heap of dirty, faded rope, ending in frayed shabby hemp. This assemblage of objects, whose advanced wear and tear reveals that their primary function as a tool has ended, is not less massive and expressive but has a strong material presence.

The use of materials marked by the passage of time falls within Bernd Lohaus’ literary and historical reflections, which imply a continuity between his works and the past. The heavy azobé wood beams often used by the artist – as in this untitled work – come from shipyards, a reference also to the close connection between Lohaus and the river.

La sculpture Untitled (1970) by Bernd Lohaus is part of the Pinault Collection. It was first shown at the 2016 “Accrochage” ("Hanging") exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.
Bernd Lohaus's other artwork