This year Ewerdt Hilgemann will have a retrospective exhibition in the Dutch Kröller Müller museum. Under the title ‘Work in Progress (1959-2020)’ an exhibition is put together with works from the museum and loans from collectors.
From the beginning, elementary shapes, the circle, the square and the cube, determine the work of Ewerdt Hilgemann (Witten, 1938). Wall reliefs, serial installations and sculptures were created with these shapes from the 1960s onwards. In the eighties Hilgemann started to use the coincidence and the power of natural elements. His so-called “implosion sculptures” are created by gradually sucking air from large forms of stainless steel with a pump. A cube of 2 x 2 x 2 meters, vacuum drawn in this way, Cube (KMM), got a place in 2014 in the sculpture garden of the Kröller-Müller Museum.
In 2019, the museum acquired some works from the 1960s and 1970s and Ewerdt Hilgemann also donated some pieces to the collection. The planned exhibition is an overview of more than sixty years of work.