Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz

The Art Show

The Art Show, 1963–1977, is one of the major works by Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz. Its theme is the opening of an art exhibition in a gallery, and it entered the collection of the Berlinische Galerie in 1996. The first ideas for this walk-in scenery with ironic qualities were worked out by Edward Kienholz in the United States as early as 1963 and 1967. The realization of the work is, however, closely connected to Berlin. With a grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD; German Academic Exchange Service), the husband-and-wife artists spent several months in Berlin from 1973 onward. In 1974 they decided to spend part of each year in Berlin and to realize The Art Show.

The tableau consists of nineteen figures, fourteen collage-like works of art on the theme of casting the bodies for sculptures, furnishing and installing the gallery space, and installing electrical wiring. For the figures, the couple molded friends and personalities from the art scene of the 1970s, including their three children. All of the figures wear the clothing of the people modeled. By contrast, their faces are distorted with air conditioning vents and fans from junked cars. They radiate warm air. When visitors press the buttons on the figures, a comment on art by the person depicted is heard, with background noise from an exhibition opening.

 

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