The Buchmann Galerie is presenting a new group of Trashstones of polished aluminum by
Wilhelm Mundt. These works occupy a special place in his oeuvre, which has now grown to
include more than 550 sculptures. Whereas normally his Trashstones are finished by
polishing the final layer of colored acrylic, here Wilhelm Mundt takes an additional
step by subjecting the work to another, far-reaching process.
The sculpture, which is actually finished, is completely molded and cast in two
aluminum shells. Before the two halves are assembled and closed, the artist places the
original Trashstone back into the aluminum sculpture. By the logic of the oeuvre, the
outer form of the aluminum Trashstones is the result of the process of making the inner
one, the core that is hidden from the viewer.
The interesting thing is that the aluminum Trashstones are not produced in the usual
way—completely by hand in the artist’s studio—but rather Wilhelm Mundt gives the
Trashstones that are ready to be cast to a foundry where they are molded and cast. The
assignment of a work number becomes important here. The number is assigned
chronologically according to the principle for ordering the oeuvre as a whole, which
from a purely practical perspective prevents the forms from being confused, which could
easily happen when the work is being performed by others at the foundry. The number of
the Trashstone becomes the work number of an industrially produced object, creating a
distance between the author and the producer, between manual work and technical
Wilhelm Mundt has been working on the Trashstones series since 1989. It began with
Trashstone 001. The open-ended series makes it clear that the oeuvre continues with
each new sculpture.
The installation of the aluminum Trashstones reveals Wilhelm Mundt to be an artist who
reflects on the traditions of sculpture and at the same time renews them by permeating
them with ideas and his craft.
His sole exhibitions in 2010 included a show at the Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg. His
works can be seen in public spaces in the Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden Wuppertal, in the
Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg, and at the University of Bayreuth.
In 2007 Wilhelm Mundt received the Jack Goldhill Award for Sculpture from the Royal
Academy London for his work. Since 2009 Wilhelm Mundt has been professor of sculpture
at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts.