Lothar Hempel
Numéro - N°138, November 2012

"In the summer of 1993 I was for 2 days, the assistant of Isa Genzken. We wandered through her labyrinthine studio, from one room to the next, from the private to the professional, told us funny stories and I sang her songs that she did not know. Isa is tender, but also incredibly tough. She is violent and is ashamed of nothing, but also has a high sense of justice, which many people overlook. Her intuition is legendary, but she lives on her delusions of megalomania! It soon became clear to me that my job as an assistant should consist only of it: be with her! Help her through the day and help her through the night. And just as soon I knew I could not do it, I had as much to do with myself and her demons were overpowering. But her megalomania is the strongest in her. It measures only, and always with the "greatest". It seems to me even the photo on her catalog for the exhibition at the Generali Foundation is the document of a duel with the Walter Gropius building on Park Avenue, that she decides for itself. In this very personal battle with the great (male) opponent she triumphs through recognition, adaptation and finally appropriation (Still later: Fuck the Bauhaus!). This takes courage, strength and a lot of anger. This is the essence of her art, and this is what I understood of her. To be converted into a credo, I would like to quote the German band Blumfeld: "In show business show feelings" This is certainly the most difficult!"

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Lothar Hempel
catalogue Met Life, Generali Founda