De l’origine de la sculpture (1958–2009)
The retrospective of Franz Erhard Walther (1939, Fulda) spanned the four floors of the museum and contained several hundred works. These were mainly sculptures, but there were also drawings and photographic archives. By the early 1960s, Walther was interested in action, time, space, and the body as sculpture materials. He therefore created hybrid fabric objects that could be unfolded in space and worn by the body, but also left folded as objects for contemplation. In addition to these multipurpose works, the exhibition contained Das Neue Alphabet (1990–1996), a set of twenty-six monumental sculptures made of foam and cotton, and 500 illustrations from Sternenstaub – Poussières d’étoiles [Dust of Stars] (2009), an autobiographical book. At the origin of his sculptural practice lays the monumental importance attributed to language, memory, and history.