• Tony Cragg

    Bolt, 2007
    Stahl, 347,4 x 114,4 x 114,5 cm.
  • Good Face, 2001
    Bronze, 210 x 120 x 120 cm.
  • Bad Guys, 2005
    Bronze, 68 x 84 x 86 cm.
  • Wooden Crystal, 2001
    Holz, 285 x 120 x 105 cm.


Tony Cragg comes from Liverpool, where he was born in 1949. He studied, among others, at the Royal College of Art in London (1973-77), got a lectureship in Metz (France) already in 1976. Since 1979 he has taught at the State Academy of Art in Düsseldorf, of which he became the rector in 2009.

In his earlier works he used found objects, no matter what, no matter where from. He collected them while hiking in the woods and on garbage dumps. This resulted in an appealing combination of natural and man-made things. He pinned the things to walls so that they filled a specially shaped part of the wall in loose distribution, breaking it up with many colors and different shapes. A constant dialogue between the overall form and the references and contrasts between the individual parts made these works exceedingly lively. His formal spectrum was also broad, ranging from the filigree to the coarse, from the exquisite to the grotesque.

Cragg also referenced the human form, both in his wall reliefs and in his sculptures, which for a time consisted of multi-layered but monochromatic material. In this series, he also created a number of works that accentuated the trace of movement in space, as if a moving object had left a void that was filled in, becoming an object that could be touched. Later works are concerned with exploring the aesthetic properties of irregularly twisted forms that, while resting in perfect balance on the floor, give the impression of apparent motion and moving uncertainty.

When a shape changes, our ideas about it change. For example, when a person's facial expressions change, we know that their feelings are changing. We can read that. This is perhaps the simplest example of a relationship of ideas and form. It is the same when we look at the whole figure. It is a system of signals.

Tony Cragg, 2010 ©Quatation, Tony Cragg in an interview with Monika Werner-Staude


Museum exhibition (collection)

Tony Cragg Espécies Raras, 23.11.2019 - 01.03.2020, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura e Ecologia, São Paulo

Tony Cragg in Boboli Gardens, 5.05.2019 - 27.10.2019, Florenz

Tony Cragg - Skulpturen und Zeichnungen 02.06.2019 - 06.10.2019, Franz Marc Museum, Kochel

Tony Cragg - New Works, 09.02.2019 - 12.05.2019, Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, Wuppertal

"Das andere Sehen", 26.01.2018 - 29.06.2018, Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, München

Tony Cragg: Sculptures and Watercolors, 27.08.2017 - 22.10.2017, Ludwig Museum Koblenz

Tony Cragg: Unnatural Selection, 02.12.2016 - 27.03.2017, Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt

Tony Cragg - Retrospektive - "Parts of the World", bis 14.08.2016, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal

"40 Jahre - 40 Künstler - 40 Werke", bis März 2016, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg

Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden - Cragg Foundation, Dauerausstellung, Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, Wuppertal

Skulpturenpark, bis Dezember 2014, Stiftung Sculpture at Schoenthal, Kloster Schoenthal/Langenbruck

Spuren der Moderne: 20 Jahre Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, bis 19.10.2014, Kunstmuseum WolfsburgTony Cragg, 09.04.2014 - 31.08.2014, Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku

Auf der Spur der Erfindung - Bildhauer zeichnen, noch bis 10.08.2014, Akademie-Galerie, Die Neue Sammlung, Düsseldorf

Macht. Wahn. Vision. Rapunzel & Co. Von Türmen und Menschen in der Kunst, noch bis 31.08.2014, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen

lens-based sculpture. Die Veränderung der Skulptur durch die Fotografie, 24.01.2014 - 21.04.2014, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Kunst. Bewegt. 04. Arman, Christo, Tony Cragg..., bis 15.03.2014, Museum Schloss Moyland

Ruhe-Störung - Streifzüge durch die Welten der Collage, bis 26.01.2014, MARTa Herford

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt and Modernity, bis 24.02.2013, Getty Museum, Los Angeles

R/Evolution auf Papier, bis 20.01.2013, Alte Pinakothek, MünchenTony Cragg at Exhibition Road, 25.08.2012 - 25.11.2012, Exhibition Road, London

Tony Cragg: Seeing Things , 10.09.2011 – 08.01.2012, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, USA

Tony Cragg: Sculptures and Drawings, 30.07.2011 – 6.11.2011, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Großbritannien