Curator: Cornelia Brüninghaus-Knubel
The exhibition is put in a line with sculptures contemporary sculptors especially developed for the Children's Museum of the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum. Tony Cragg, Lili Fischer, Miquel Navarro, Ruth Gilberger, Heike Kern and Franz Erhard Walther already showed their works here.
Like Miquel Navarro, Thomas Virnich constructs a big and multipartite work (multipartition is a principle of his sculptures) especially and new for the exhibition. The visitors are allowed to touch, move, take the work apart und put it together again – just like the artist often shows it with his works but they cannot experience in a usual exhibition.
Thomas Virnich's sculptural position, strengthened and developed for about 20 years, shows the beholder (and user) a deep, intelligent and always entertaining examination of the world, from the closer environment to the universe and shows what sculptures can be like. In and with his new work "Schatztruhe" Thomas Virnich wants to show all his artistic principles including coverings, reservoirs with the area of tension between inside and outside, between big and small, destruction as a creative principle, formal analysis of modelling and forming, dimension and visual angle. There are forms like the house (especially the Lehmbruck Museum as a reservoir), the globe, the universe, the mountains, planes, helicopters and other technical instruments. In his work he combines play and brightness with curiosity and the zeal for research and these quality can be experienced by the young and adult visitor.