SALZBURG. Enrique Asensi. “A Dialogue Between Nature and Sculpture” 28th June – 15th October 2018. Gardens of the palace in Hellbrunn

The gardens of the palace in Hellbrunn are rich in history and have been used for many purposes – as a recreational facility, a place to meet, a sports venue, and somewhere to simply spend an enjoyable time. So now they are being used for exactly the functions the prince archbishops had intended. Since summer 2018 there has also been a sculpture park here, encouraging visitors to experiment with sensory perceptions within the framework of contemporary art.

The work of Spanish sculptor Enrique Asensi combines two classic materials, steel and stone. Variously coloured granite, dolomite, limestone and alabaster contrasts well with corten steel. Asensi demonstrates the relationship between the flatness of the steel with reliefs hewn into the stone. Moreover, as well as the overall aesthetics of the sculptures, the qualities of the colours of steel and stone are shown to unite harmoniously. A closer look reveals even greater detail: perspectives, cuts, curves and layers.

Enrique Asensi was born in Valencia in 1950. He studied architecture and philosophy at the Universidad Politécnica in Valencia, and at the Académia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos, also in Valencia. The artist now lives and works near Cologne and in Barcelona

Hellbrunn Sculpture Park. Fürstenweg 37, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

Imagen: Mastaba 2013. Enrique Asensi