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Figure in the Garden, the newest installation in MoMA’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, brings together 18 figurative works from the late 19th century to the present day from the Museum’s collection. Making its debut at MoMA is Figurengruppe/Group of Figures by Katharina Fritsch. Conceived in 2006–08, the work features nine life-size sculptures of, among others, St. Michael, a Madonna, a giant, a snake, and a set of skeleton feet, all rendered in precise detail and finished in bold colors. Religious symbolism and references to mythology abound, yet any fixed meaning remains open and elusive. Group of Figures is surrounded by earlier works such as Auguste Rodin’s heroic St. John the Baptist Preaching (1878–80) and Aristide Maillol’s pensive Mediterranean (1902–05), among other works.

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Figure in the Garden
Kuratorin: Ann Temkin

Künstler: Max Ernst, Katharina Fritsch, Alberto Giacometti, Gaston Lachaise, Aristide Maillol, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Elie Nadelman, Tom Otterness, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Renée Sintenis