„Man, woman, sex, tangled hair, bare flesh, vulnerability.... when I model my figures, I refer to inner conflicts, to art history, and to experiences with the male gender. I create a mix between a sculpture and a doll. My figures communicate with the viewer in the way of a medium. They can also serve the reflection of what is going on within ourselves.“ Nänzi 2013

On the occasion of the fourth anniversary of NÄNZI’s death, we installed a new showroom presentation under the title
Love is also a Drug

flyer and invitation card
NÄNZI, Bäd Görl, 1996
Photo: Michael Harms, Berlin

NÄNZI sculptor” as Sybille Reichert called herself, died suddenly in November 2013 at the age of 51. Coming from the Punk scene, she was headstrong and radical, the incarnation of vitality and self-determination. Nänzi has left us with sculptures – mainly in plaster –large and small, collages, artist books, paintings, photographs, drawings, and prints.

Woman is NÄNZI’s principal theme, and how her physiognomy represents an emotional condition. Many of her figures seem to be existentially and disturbingly threatened, others are bursting with erotic womanliness. They address love, hate, and pain. A central aspect of her work is the permanent self-reference, the tendency to transform her sculptures into herself and also to perform as one of her figures.

Classically sculpted from a live model, NÄNZI’s figures are personalities with roles in the theatre of humanity. More often dressed, coiffured, and made-up, we also meet them in naked intimacy. Inevitable plaster breaks of arms or legs become part of the figure and are metaphors for emotional amputations.

NÄNZI’s Showroom, 2016
Photos: Helen Adkins


Sadly, our showroom closed in 2020 due to Covid. The estate is in storage but we actively contribute to exhibitions and are working on challenging new formats, notably an extensive publication.

The proceeds from sales and donations are used to cover expenses incurred by the preservation and presentation of the estate.
Bank details: Dr. Helen Adkins / Purpose: NÄNZI Estate
IBAN: DE76 1203 0000 1072 3181 48

The estate is stored in the district of Oberschöneweide, Berlin
For any enquiries, you may contact:
Helen Adkins Tel. +49 30 2161585
Dietmar H. Heddram Tel. +49 177 1954329 heddram@web.de

Opening of NÄNZI’s SHOWROOM, 25th June 2015
Photo: U. Diezmann, VG Bild-Kunst