A solo exhibition of work by Alexandra Bircken (b. 1967, Cologne) opens in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen on 22 February. Bircken’s refreshing take on age-old sculptural tradition, at the same time relating it to the present day, prompted the museum to purchase four of her sculptures in 2010. They can be seen in her largest one-man exhibition to date, which takes an associative, not chronological, approach to her work from 2004 to the present day. 
By putting together such disparate elements as branches, stones, wool, hair, tights and found objects, she creates hybrid assemblages which, unlike imposing one-piece sculptures, look ‘unmonumental’ and informal.
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