Ralf Sander

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Ralf Sander
Lady-Bird-Transformation(Mirage),[1] Busan,[2] Busan International Film Festival
Born Ralf Volker Sander
(1963-12-15) 15 December 1963 (age 50)
Berlin, Germany
Known for Sculpture
Lady- Bird-Transformation(Mirage)

Ralf Volker Sander (born 15. December 1963 ) is an international active sculptor. His best known works include Lady Bird Transformation(mirage), a public sculpture for Busan Cinema Center,[3] South Korea, commissioned in 2011 and erected in August 2012.[4] The memorial for Martin Heinrich Klaproth was erected on the campus of Technische Universität Berlin, 25.06.1996.

Early life[edit]

Born in West Berlin, Sander grew up in the British sector. He studied fine art and the history of art at Berlin University of the Arts, from 1986 to 1988. After the dead of his Stepfather, Klaus Komoll, who left him a small sailing vessel, he was able to circumnavigate the world between 1988 to 1990 in order to study the tribal art of the pacific islands and Papua New Guinea. He completed his studies with a postgraduate course in sculpture at the Berlin University of the Arts, between 1991 and 1994. He travelled to China and Japan with a DAAD[5] grant to study Asian Art and philosophy between 1992 and 1994.


Joseph_Beuys, Oak 2005,Robert Bosch Stiftung Stuttgart, Germany

Almost all of his early works took the human body as its subject and base for human scale wooden sculptures and carvings made from a single log of wood. Sander describes his work as: "encounter with the other side of appearance". His work attempts to treat the body not as an object but a common condition. Since 2000 he experiments with different materials and media, including film. He repeatedly refers in his work on whole social groups and integrates their participation into the working process, (as in:Rolandtransfer,[6] Child`s play,[7] Lernen ist sich Oeffnen) relying on Joseph Beuys term Soziale Plastik. In 2003 and 2004, Ralf Sander became visiting Professor at Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland. The annual exhibition Aquamediale[8][9] was curated and initiated by him in 2005. In the same year, he was also appointed Reader at University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland. From 2008 to 2012, Ralf Sander worked as professor for sculpture at Seoul National University, South Korea. In 2008, he started the World Saving Machine cycle, a visionary project and inquiry of the impact of science on wider cultural contexts. World Saving Machine I and III are part of the WSM-Project. Both focus on transformation of solar energy into ice– literally, as well as (on a larger scale) metaphorically.[10] World Saving Machine 2 transforms carbon dioxide into oxygen. The project was continued in collaboration with KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) University, Daedeok, Korea. In 2010, he became member of the commission board for Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea. One year later, Sander won the international art commission for the Busan Cinema Center.[3] The iconic building is designed by Wolf Prix- Coop Himmelb(l)au, as host of the Busan International Film Festival, Asia's largest film festival. The 10.20m stainless steel sculpture, Lady Bird Transformation, morphs from a striding woman into a sea gull in flight, depending on the angle from which it is viewed.

Major works[edit]

  • Klaproth Stele (1996) - TU Berlin[12]
  • Beuys (1996) – Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stuttgart, Germany[13]
  • St Dominicus (1999) - St Bonifaz, Mainz, Germany[14]
  • Cube (2001) – Lubben, Brandenburg, Germany
  • Mensch aergere Dich nicht (2003)[15]
  • Childs Play (2005)[7]
  • Rolandtransfer (2006) – permanently installed at Hohenstuecken[6] near Brandenburg, Germany
  • World Saving Machine (since 2008) – Crane Art Center, Philadelphia, USA, Kaist University[16]
  • Korean Energy (2011) – acquired by Seoul MoA, Korea[17] University
  • Lady Bird Transformation (Mirage, 2012) Busan Film Center, South Korea[2]
  • Belfast Seahorse (2013) – at Belfast Harbour, Belfast, UK

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Moore, Colin (2012-10-26). "Busan Cinema Center". Ajuma Alive. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  2. ^ a b "City of Busan - Community - Busan News". English.busan.go.kr. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Busan Cinema Center - WikiArquitectura - Buildings of the World". En.wikiarquitectura.com. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  4. ^ Ralf Sander. "Ralf Sander". Ralf Sander. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  5. ^ DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (2013-06-28). "Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst". Daad.de. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  6. ^ a b "Neuer Roland für Hohenstücken - Stadt Brandenburg an der Havel". Stadt-brandenburg.de. 2006-06-19. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  7. ^ a b Redaktionsbüro Dank Köln (2011-11-09). "KUNSTFORUM international - Volltextsuche". Kunstforum.de. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  8. ^ "Startseite - aquamediale". Aquamediale.de. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  9. ^ Aktuelle Videos. "Home - MAZ - Märkische Allgemeine" (in German). Maerkischeallgemeine.de. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  10. ^ "Welcome to the Ulster Institutional Repository - Ulster Institutional Repository". Eprints.ulster.ac.uk. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  11. ^ "Ralf Sander at FE McWilliam Gallery". Culturenorthernireland.org. 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  12. ^ Česky (2013-06-29). "Martin Heinrich Klaproth – Wikipedia" (in German). De.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  13. ^ Redaktionsbüro Dank Köln. "KUNSTFORUM international - Bildlexikon". Kunstforum.de. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  14. ^ "Dominikanerkloster St. Bonifaz, Mainz". Dominikaner-mainz.de. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  15. ^ Aktuelle Videos. "Home - MAZ - Märkische Allgemeine" (in German). Maerkischeallgemeine.de. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  16. ^ Graphic, The (2008-11-06). "The Graphic Conscience: Global Warming at the Icebox - Curator Response to the Graphic Conscience". Thegraphicconscience.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  17. ^ "Oma- Seoul-National-University-Museum-Of-Art". Oma.eu. Retrieved 2013-07-04.