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SPIEGELUNG (NARZISS)

pig­ment print, 50 x 40 cm
2011/2017

The work “Spiegelung (Narziss)” is a col­lage based on Caravaggio’s paint­ing “Nar­cis­sus”, one of the most wide­ly known art­works fea­tur­ing a mir­ror scene. In the col­lage, how­ev­er, the place of Nar­cis­sus is tak­en by Johann Joachim Winck­el­mann, star­ing at his reflec­tion on the dark water sur­face. But the mir­ror image form­ing there turns out to be not his, but a dis­tort­ed gri­mace, a sculp­ture by Franz Xaver Messer­schmidt. The bright and even-tem­pered is con­front­ed by the obscure and unfath­omable as its counter-image. To which strange laws of physics (or psy­chol­o­gy) does this mir­ror-scene adhere?

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Spiegelung (Narziss), 2011/2017
Spiegelung (Narziss), 2011/2017
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