An artistic confrontation as opposed to a dialogue


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I heard about an interesting show that took place at the Museum Berggruen in Berlin titled “Confrontation,” which took place from November 2016 through May 1st, 2017. The show featured work by George Condo set alongside work from the museum’s collection, including works by Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse, Klee and Giacometti, among others.

I especially like Condo’s explanation for the show title:

It’s about putting things together and seeing how they react to one another … I could have a dialogue every day with the lady down the street who’s selling cupcakes. But if I say to the cupcake lady, ‘Something is wrong with the frosting. Why is it blue?’ – suddenly we’re having more of a confrontation. And then it’s memorable!

Here’s a couple pairings: far left: George Condo’s “Windswept Figure,” 2007; Pablo Picasso’s “Dora Maar With Green Fingernails,” 1936; George Condo’s “The Chinese Woman,” 2001; and an undated African reliquary figure.

Art works in the exhibition Confrontation featuring George Condo

Here’s a video about the exhibition – it gives many more views of the works in the show, along with commentary by Condo and others. It gets a little tricky to follow because the subtitles jump back and forth between English and German, depending on who is talking, but it still affords a good look at the show.

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