Marx Collection and The Collection of The Nationalgalerie which besides fantastic works by Anselm Kiefer, Donald Judd, Marina Abramovic, Jeff Koons, Rachel Whitebread, etc. present outstanding body of works by Joseph Beuys, including The End of the 20th Century, Tram Stop, Tallow, and Directional Forces of a New Society. The exhibition is focused on spatial effect of sculpture. This exhibition needs no titles as all works are iconic and manifest pure genius in a variety of 3-dimensional forms. One of the most awe-inspiring works is Lilith at the Red Sea or the Wave by Kiefer. Neither a painting nor a sculpture, this monumental wall art with a number of hollow dresses some with attached pony tales brings about a haunting aura.
Based on Hebrew mythology Kiefer’s piece is full of emptiness and destructive force. Aesthetically it reminds Heidi Bucher’s latest works, although hers are heavenly and transcendent. I have always been drawn to work with female clothing which has powerful symbolism. The artists often go for white dresses as a symbol of virginity, purity as a starting point for manipulation. In this work dresses are muddied, in Bucher’s it’s covered by mother of pearl, in Shiota’s – dresses are floating between black or red yarn or connected to tubes with blood. I have accessorised the work with white dress with an extra long chain of sheep ankle bones. One element – brings so many ideas.
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