Sophie HirschMuscle Beach


06.11. – 13.01.2019

About the exhibition

In the installation Muscle Beach a terrarium merges into a gym, creating an absurd system of movements in which precarious forms find stability. The title references an outdoor training ground in Los Angeles where bent metal forms invite visitors to exercise and challenge their physical boundaries.

The connection between body and sculpture be- comes clear, when the former is perceived as an architectural entity. Intersecting the body into blocks not only reveals how the body is stacked, but also how every movement is part of a chain reaction. Part of the foundation of this installa- tion is the Pilates reformer, an exercise equipment invented by Joseph Pilates. The Pilates system is based on the principle that balance exists within tension and that this tension can be maintained with ease. Muscle Beach translates this principle sculpturally, so that forms can find balance under pressure and exist in movement despite their staticity.


Folder Hirsch


MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna