Shred of Turin

by

Michal Martychowiec

 
 
 

Year

2018

 

Size

29 x 44 x 47 cm

 

Material

wooden Go board, printed cotton cloth, glass

 

Price

on request

Shred of Turin

In all works of the series Everything about the contemporary is panda, the panda avatar encounters themes and objects from our cultural history. We meet the Shroud of Turin, a wanderer above the sea of fog, the obligatory banana appears and the Italian classic artist Piero Manzoni, is set into the wall as a grave slab. In a series of conceptual photographs, we see the famous Berlin panda Bao Bao (currently displayed in the natural history museum) in combination with enigmatic text fragments. These fragments originate from contemporary and historic artists (Bethan Huws, Kazimir Malevich, Francisco de Goya, Joseph Beuys, and others) and are used by Martychowiec as symbolic signifiers for certain (art) historical tendencies.

In Martychowiec’s work the panda is an unmasking symbol of decadence at the centre of a modernity that has long become empty. The panda stands for the last man at the end of history, bound between neoliberal normativity and the decoupling from his own historical-cultural becoming. As a pop cultural symbol, it is omnipresent and can also be interpreted as a medium of Chinese ‘soft-power’ politics. Pandas found their biological niche through a genetic mutation in the spine, which allowed them to sit comfortably. Bamboo, their primary food source, is poor in nutrients and must be eaten 16 hours a day. The species, which is already extinct in the wild, a museums piece, mostly lives in so-called panda villas. There they are looked after by guards and psychologists. The majority of reproductions occur through artificial insemination.


Other works of art in the exhibition

Name Has Marcel Duchamp changed the world?
Size 259 × 220 cm
Year 2014

Name the historic level
Size 23 × 127 cm
Year 2017

Name Everything about the contemporary is panda: Piero Manzoni 1961
Size 47 x 37 x 3 cm
Year 2016

Name After Wanderer above the Sea of Fog
Year 47,5 x 43,5 cm
Size 2020

Name The incredulity of Saint Thomas: Limited by history
Size 15 × 21 cm (excl. broken insulated glass panels)
Year 2020

Name Everything about the contemporary is panda (Bethan Huws)
Size75 × 100 cm
Year 2017

Name Shred of Turin
Size 29 x 44 x 47 cm
Year 2018

Name Everything about the contemporary is panda (Francisco Goya)
Size 75 x 100 cm
Year 2017

Name Everything about the contemporary is panda (Kazimir Malevich)
Size75 ×100 cm
Year 2017

Name Everything about the contemporary is panda
Size 40 x 60 cm
Year 2016

Name The incredulity of Saint Thomas
Size 36,5 x 29,5 x 2 cm
Year 2015/2020

Name The incredulity of Saint Thomas
Size 76 x 61 x 3 cm
Year 2015/2020

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