In 1997 Lucian Freud received the City of Siegen's renowned Rubens Prize. The Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen is now honoring this Rubens Prize laureate with the exhibition “The Animal in Lucian Freud´s Oeuvre”. This is the first time that an exhibition of Freud's works will focus on those pieces of his which deal with the representation of animals.
Depictions of animals had already played an important role in Freud's early works, but later on in life he concentrated more on people, and animals are only present in paintings from these later phases as elements of composition or as accessories. Nonetheless, double and triple-portraits of humans and animals are counted among his most famous works. When one looks at Freud's entire oeuvre it becomes clear that the artist interpreted the genre of animal depictions completely new and modernized it fundamentally. In this comprehensive exhibition of Freud's animal representations many of these pieces will be on public display for the first time ever. This is also the very first exhibition that commemorates the animal theme in Freud's work as a stand-alone exhibition topic. The exhibition will thus be of great interest for both the professional audience and the broader public.
This exhibition comprises works by seven artists: Tomas Saraceno (Argentina), Ernesto Neto (Brazil), Ragna Róbertsdóttir (Iceland), Ryuji Nakamura and Rintaro Hara (Japan), Mona Hatoum (Lebanon) and Monika Grzymala (Poland).
The artists make three-dimensional installations which share the qualities of reflecting a certain perception, thinking and rhythm, which may be seen as an echo of life itself, of primal forces, the structure of the fabric of the world and the ongoing genesis of the universe. Another factor which unites the works is that they are the result of a process in which energy and time appear to have built them up.
The exhibition is a cooperation with the Reykjavik Art Museum, Island.
Curator: Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir
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