Texts and Catalogues

Marian Wild / inges idee
Kunst im öffentlichen Raum / Art in public space

300 pages with 136 color illustrations and 1 b/w illustration
Bilingual (German/English)
ISBN: 978-3-922895-61-9
28,00 Euro

Marian Wild
Born in Nuremberg in 1982, holds a doctorate in art history and works as an author, journalist and curator. His work and research focuses on Japanese aesthetics, contemporary architecture, queer culture, art in public space and the phenomenon of the art collective.
Publications (selection): Meine Zelle war ein großer Garten – Der Fall der türkischen Ärztin und Kommunistin Banu Büyükavci (2023); Einhorn, Leder, Sternenstaub – Blicke ins Universum der Queerkultur (in preparation).

The artist group inges idee (consisting of Hans Hemmert, Axel Lieber, Thomas A. Schmidt and Georg Zey) has dedicated itself to art in public spaces and has so far realized more than 60 art projects around the globe.
Whether snowmen in Japan and South Korea, dancing electricity pylons or a pierced town hall: the works of inges idee score with wit, charm and gentle subversion, they amaze us – and make us think. The Berlin-based artist collective skillfully plays with expectations and conventions, and their works open up new perspectives on our urban environment with a wink.
For this book, author Marian Wild set off on a journey to 14 sculptures by inges idee to discover their conception, their history and their experiences. The individual works of art have told him astonishing things: about the desperate struggle with physical laws as well as about drug intoxication or the feeling of being lost at night.
Marian Wild thus reveals what art history usually prefers to conceal and takes us into the equally colorful and fascinating world of inges idee’s figures.


inges idee: Projects 2006–2011

Permanent Vacation
Size matters. Oh yes it does. And oh yes it does in ways that are never self-evident, given or stable. When size matters, big is big, small is small, and medium is only meaningful when placed in comparison with the rest. Size, scale and shape are not static; they are always constructed and constituted. What fits, what makes sense, and what looks horribly out of the place depends on the relationship between big, small and medium, foreground and background, wide and narrow, and all the other possible and potential proportions. In short, it is all about perspective.

PDF inges idee: Projects 2006–2011
Katalog, Text by Mika Hanula, englisch/deutsch, Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg 2012 (apx. 8.8 MB)


inges idee: Projects 2002–2007

What was Inge’s first idea?
The name itself: that was our first brainstorming. Like when you look for a name for a band.

What other options were there?
We thought about several names. Inges Idee was ultimately the winner, because it made us think of the actress Inge Meysel. And a crocheting magazine. We really liked this idea of a crafts magazine.

“Idea” always sounds rather conceptual and immaterial. But isn’t a group specialized in art accompanying architecture primarily concerned with concrete realization?

PDF inges idee: Projects 2002–2007
Catalogue, interview with inges idee by Harald Fricke, englisch/deutsch, Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg 2007 (apx. 5.8 MB)