Andy Warhol, 2021
29 x 24.5 x 34 cm
Edition of 5 + 2APs
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On the occasion of Possession Obsession, artist Goshka Macuga has created a new piece as part of her International Institute of Intellectual Co-operation vase series, first initiated in 2016 for Fondazione Prada Milan. Originally formed by a constellation of 73 bronze heads representing historical and contemporary figures – from Mary Shelley and Sigmund Freud to the Pussy Riot collective and Albert Einstein –, the series has more recently developed into another format where portraits of the thinkers are transformed to vases design to display plants or flowers symbolically representing fertile thoughts. The head of Andy Warhol joins this growing constellation, where thinkers of different historical periods and geographical and cultural backgrounds are brought together reflecting on the complexities of human nature and its history.
Goshka Macuga was born in 1967 in Warsaw, Poland and lives and works in London. Her practice is based on historical and archival research, which informs her installations, sculptures, tapestries, and collages. In 2019, Macuga conceived What Was I? a post-apocalyptic exhibition at Prada Rong Zhai, Shanghai. She was also commissioned to make a large-scale tapestry for the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2019. Solo exhibitions include In Flux at MUSAC, Leon, Spain;( 2021); Kestnergesselchaft, Hannover, Germany (2019); Neues Museum, Nüremberg, Germany (2018); Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy (2016); Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin, Germany (2016); New Museum, New York, USA (2016); MCA Chicago, USA (2012); Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2011); Walker Arts Centre, Minneapolis, USA (2011); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2009); Tate Britain, London, UK (2007); Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2009). She was included in Documenta 2012 and nominated for the Turner Prize in 2008.