in Interviews | 06 MAY 06
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Issue 99

Isa Genzken

Isa Genzken is an artist who lives and works in Berlin. Her work will be shown this summer in solo exhibitions at Secession, Vienna, and Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck.

in Interviews | 06 MAY 06

What images keep you company in the space where you work?

None. Just coolness; intelligence is a slow process.

What was the first piece of art that really mattered to you?

The vision of the inside of my mother’s womb before I was born.

If you could live with any one piece of art what would it be?

Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (c. 1503–6), because she’s considered the most beautiful woman in the world, although she’s actually a man as well as a woman – a disguised self-portrait of Leonardo. Marcel Duchamp noticed it (L.H.O.O.Q, 1919).

What film has most influenced you?

Ben Hur (1959). It was the first film I saw at the cinema when I was a kid.

What is your favourite title of an art work?

Mona Lisa and my own Jeder braucht mindestens ein Fenster (Everybody needs at least one window, 1992).

What do you wish you knew?

I wish I didn’t have to know about war.

What should change?


What should stay the same?


What could you imagine doing if you didn’t do what you do?


What music are you listening to?

Madonna, Nena and Richard Wagner’s Overture to Parsifal (1878)

What are you reading?


What do you like the look of?


What is your favourite building?

Empire State Building, Vampire Chrysler Building.

What is art for?

Calming down.