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World Receiver Brüsselerstrasse

Isa Genzken, German, born 1948
Cast concrete and telescoping radio antenna
Made in
Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Europe
Current Location
On View, Gallery 247
40 9/16 x 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (103 x 11.5 x 14 cm)
Credit Line
Partial and promised gift of Betsy Millard, the Earl and Betsy Millard Collection
© 2020 Isa Genzken / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
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The familiar sight of a raised antenna transforms this concrete block into a silent radio. Isa Genzken used concrete to reference the cold, raw material of postwar German reconstruction. "World Receiver Brüsselerstrasse" is subtitled with the name of a street ("Brüsselerstraße" in Berlin) and an international city ("Brüssel", or Brussels), evoking the global nature of radio transmission. Radio waves cannot be blocked by borders or walls, so radio programs became a site of propaganda transmission during the Cold War.
- 1992
Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany, acquired from the artist [1]

1992 -
Earl Millard (d.1996) and Betsy Millard, St. Louis, MO, USA, purchased from Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany [2]

2003 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, partial and promised gift of Betsy Millard [3]

The primary source of provenance is Betsy Millard [Information for appraisals form, SLAM document files].

[1] Invoice dated December 14, 1992 from Daniel Buchholz to Schmidt Contemporary Art suggests that James Schmidt had the sculpture in his possession for a short time in St. Louis and served as a broker between Earl Millard and Daniel Buchholz [SLAM document files].

[2] See Note [1].

[3] The terms of this partial and promised gift are detailed in the contract between Betsy Millard and the Saint Louis Art Museum [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, June 3, 2003.
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