When the renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden opens within the redeveloped Walker Art Center campus in June 2017, visitors will see the return of favorite artworks as well as the addition of 16 new pieces, from bold new works sure to become icons to new creations by contemporary artists from Minnesota and around the world. Six commissioned new artworks—by Nairy Baghramian (Iran), Frank Big Bear (US), Theaster Gates (US), Mark Manders (The Netherlands), Philippe Parreno (France), and Aaron Spangler (US)—will be joined by newly acquired pieces by Tony Cragg, Sam Durant, Katharina Fritsch, Robert Indiana, Kcho, Liz Larner, Sol LeWitt, Matthew Monahan, Eva Rothschild, and Monika Sosnowska. Filling the newly unified 19-acre Walker campus, the new additions will range from Katharina Fritsch’s giant blue rooster to a collage by Minnesota’s Frank Big Bear in the Walker’s new entry pavilion, first permanent outdoor commissions by Theaster Gates and Mark Manders to Philippe Parreno’s first permanent site-specific installation in the United States. Here’s a first look at the art and artists that will animate the new Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
Commission: Nairy Baghramian
Representative work: Nairy Baghramian, Cold Shoulder, 2014, as installed in Serralves Park, Porto, 2014. Photo: Filipe Braga, © Fundação de Serralves, Porto. Commission supported by a gift from Karen and Ken Heithoff