Les Demoiselles Sous Le Pont

15demoiselles02Les Demoiselles Sous Le Pont
wood, jersey, nails, fiberfill, variable size, 2015
Nach Picasso, Forum Frohner – Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, 2015

“Les Demoiselles Sous Le Pont” was created for the exhibition “After Picasso” at the Forum Frohner, curated by Günther Oberhollenzer. The work is a reflection on Picasso’s painting “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”, which is considered  the most important key work of modernity, signifying the beginning of Cubism. In spite of obvious borrowings from the African art in this, and other works of Picasso and his peers, this artistic practice of the Parisian Avant-garde has only been discussed marginally. In addition, it’s also an unsettling fact, that the five portrayed women are nameless prostitutes. Considering Picasso’s personal interactions with women and the tradition of relationships between female subjects and male painters, the main topic of the painting doesn’t seem in the least epochal. For the exhibition, the work was presented on a pedestal, the base of which almost corresponded to the proportions of the original painting.

15demoiselles01Foto: Nina Dick