Curated by Magnus af Petersens this itinerant exhibition of the American artist Paul McCarthy presents works ranging from the 1960s to the present day.
In addition to 60 films spanning his entire oeuvre, his early sculpture Dead H (1968) and the installations The Trunks (1992-93), The Garden (1992) and Bossy Burger (1991) will be in place. One of the prime features will be the mega project Frigate with Caribbean Pirates (2005), inspired by the popular Disneyland attraction – Pirates of the Caribbean.
McCarthy's work seeks to confront us with cultural and social traumas – with the dark side of The American Dream and western consumer society. As McCarthy himself says, "You may understand my actions as vented culture. You may understand my action as vented fear."
The show is supplemented by a series of new works made especially for the exhibition in the SMAK.
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