Since the early 1990s, Berlin-based artist Manfred Pernice has created sculptural vessels with scales, materials, and aesthetics derived from the worlds of architecture, shipping cargo, and mass packaging—these works serve as complex, open-ended meditations on the increased segmentation, containment, and, to use Pernice's term, “canning” of objects and space. His seemingly slapdash sculptures are often juxtaposed with sketches, maquettes, photographs, text and, more recently, video to create systems of meaning.
Solo exhibitions of Pernice's work have been organized by Musee d'art moderne de la Ville, Paris, Portikus, Frankfurt, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, and Neues Museum in Nuremberg. His work has also been included in major exhibitions such as the Lyon Biennale in 1997, Berlin Biennale in 1998, Manifesta 3 in 2000, Documenta 11 in 2001, and the 2001 and 2003 Venice Biennale. Pernice currently teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Courtesy of the Guggenheim