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>> 2x Volkmar Haase’s Sculpture »Gruppe«


Anyone who has walked in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele’s garden during one of the festivals or summer celebrations will be familiar with the large iron sculpture »Gruppe« (>Group<) by Volkmar Haase. Few people, however, may be aware that when the »Freie Volksbühne« was originally opened in 1963 its location was not in the garden on the side wall of the building but in the upper foyer and that the sculpture was also much smaller. Volkmar Haase remembers the unusual circumstances behind this transfer and the completion of the current sculpture almost twice the size:

»During the opening Scharoun demonstratively placed his empty champagne glass on one of the sculpture’s horizontal surfaces and joked about it. The architect Bornemann was so struck by that moment that he recommended that I construct this second version of ›Gruppe‹ for the exterior of the theatre.
As a sculptor I was ultimately not unhappy about this change of location within the Volksbühne because when the sculpture was lit at night it became a feature of the architecture, the huge shadow of ›Gruppe‹ against the stone wall of the Freie Volksbühne deepened the sculpture’s effect.«

Volkmar Haase, was born in Berlin in 1930 and studied painting with Max Kaus on completion of his master study of artistic craft at the High School of the Visual Arts in Berlin, before transferring to the sculpture of metals. Since then – apart from working residencies in the USA and in Tessin – he has worked as a freelance sculptor in Berlin (from 1965 in Kladow) and since 2003 also in Brüssow (Uckermark), where he possesses a workshop and exhibition spaces. Haase’s abstract sculptures, mostly completed in stainless steel, occupy public spaces in Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam and Hanover. Interior works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Berlinischer Galerie and the Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum Duisburg, amongst others.
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