Curator: Saskia Bos (The Netherlands)
Fifteen years after ‘Sonsbeek beyond the boundaries’, Sonsbeek ’86 lead by artistic director Saskia Bos was considerably smaller. Bos placed most of the artworks in Park Sonsbeek; about half of them were specifically made for the exhibition. Another part of the exhibition was located in Museum Arnhem. Bos reflected on current developments in art on the basis of concepts such as 'skin' and 'sleeve'. The project resembled an art-historical essay in the form of an exhibition, supported by many poetic and literary references in the accompanying catalogue. Because of the inclusion of some fragile works, two glass pavilions were realised in the park. In doing so, Bos wanted to emphasize the artificial character of the park (the Floating Sonsbeek Pavilion by architect Wiek Röling and the Exposition pavilions of Benthem Crouwel Architects). As Bos wrote in the introduction: “Because more than ever before, the artworks are now artificial products that do not adapt to nature, let alone merge with it”. In short, Sonsbeek '86 created an image of divergent developments in contemporary sculpture. Some of the artworks could be described as “museum art”, while others “merged” with Park Sonsbeek. 78.000 visitors.
Artists: Siah Armajani, Richard Artschwager, Michael Asher, Marco Bagnoli, Bazilebustamante, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, James Casebere, John Chamberlain, Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Jiří Georg Dokoupil, Lili Dujourie, Ger van Elk, Luciano Fabro, Weiss/Fischli, Barry Flanagan, O'Brien/Fortuyn, Katherina Fritsch, Dan Graham, Jenny Holzer, Rebecca Horn, Shirazeh Houshiary, Anish Kapoor, Niek Kemps, Harald Klingelhöller, Bertrand Lavier, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Reinhard Mucha, Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Tom Otterness, Panamarenko, Guilio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone, Thomas Schütte, Jeroen Snijders, Ettore Spalletti, Rosemarie Trockel, Peer Veneman, Jan Vercruysse, Henk Visch, Carel Visser, Isolde Wawrin, Franz West and Heimo Zobernig.
Pavilions: Benthem Crouwel & Wiek Röling