Rotations (Prometheus and Zwitter), 2011
Film installation with two 35 mm film projections, no sound, color, 7 min.
In collaboration with Sammlung Prinzhorn, Heidelberg
Ed. of 5 + 2 AP

Two sculptures are seen rotating side by side. One is Prometheus (1937) by Arno Breker, a monumental male figure representing the mythological hero grasping a torch. The other is Weib und Mann oder Adam und Eva, also known as “Zwitter” (1920) by Karl Genzel, a small wooden figure depicting a hermaphrodite that holds a clock in its hand. Arno Breker’s bronze statue Prometheus was one of the centerpieces of the “Grosse Deutsche Kunstausstellung”, an exhibition organized in Munich by the National Socialists in 1937. Karl Genzel’s statue was shown close-by at its counterpart exhibition “Entartete Kunst”; a show aimed at inflaming public opinion against modern art by displaying avant-garde pieces next to art by psychiatric patients. Karl Genzel had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was a patient at the asylum in Eickeborn. The two sculptures and the two artists could not have been treated more differently. It is in the film installation that the two meet now at eye level.

Exhibition view:
"TRACK", Various locations in Ghent, Ghent, 2012
Photo: Dirk Pauwels

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