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Mike Kelley: The Uncanny

Photo courtesy of Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
Photo courtesy of Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
Mike Kelley: The Uncanny
VIENNA  •  Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien Factory  •  Ongoing
In The Uncanny, the American artist Mike Kelley acts as a curator, overseeing the historical presentation of a substantial number of polychrome figurative sculptures. Different ways of representing the figurative are related to each other; this includes non-art objects such as ancient Egyptian grave furnishings, figures used for rituals, cults, and religious worship, anatomical models, wax figures, objects taken from popular art, stuffed animals, as well as contemporary hyperrealistic sculptures. The show features contemporary artists such as Paul McCarthy, Judy Fox, Tony Matelli, Ron Mueck, Paul Thek, Tony Oursler, and many others. The spectacular section of sculptures is complemented by Mike Kelley’s own collection The Harems. These consist of 15 different object types which the artist associates with his childhood and adolescence, ranging from marbles and squeezy toys to hundreds of bubble gum cards, postcards, record covers, magazines, and found church banners. The Harems comprises objects typical of our consumer societies, and it is by accumulating and standardizing their presentation that their "uncanny aura" is disclosed.

Some of the objects on display, taken from various subcultures or fields of science, are quite spooky, and in connection with morbid and macabre artworks they tap into the potential of the uncanny, haunting our artistic aestheticism with dark secrets.

Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien Web Site

Contact: Tel: (43) 1 525 00

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