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It matters—Sculpture and Materiality



Permanent exhibition

Cy Twombly at Museum Brandhorst

Paweł Althamer

Bródno People

  • MaterialMixed Media
  • On viewGround floor
  • CopyrightPaweł Althamer with Paweł Buchholz, Marcin Leszczyński, Michał Mioduszewski, Daniel Hans, Sławomir Mocarski, Julia Matea Petelska, Jędrzej Rogoziński, Bródno People, 2010. Courtesy Sammlung Goetz, München © Paweł Althamer. Photo: Elisabeth Greil, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Museum Brandhorst

More about the artwork

Polish artist Paweł Althamer often includes people from his own immediate environment in his artworks. The life-size group of figures, “Bródno People,” is based on Auguste Rodin’s “Les Bourgeois de Calais” (The Burghers of Calais, 1889) and its depiction of the joint sacrifice of six citizens in 1347 to save their town. Here, Althamer creates a contemporary interpretation, together with people from the prefabricated housing estate in the Bródno district of Warsaw, where he himself grew up. Each figure represents a self-portrait of one of the neighbors and of Althamer himself. Reminiscent of science fiction films, the figures, like cosmonauts, land in the museum space on their wheeled undercarriage. Through the use of found materials, such as stuffed and silver-sprayed clothing, pieces of scrap metal, and plastic wrap, they take on their own futuristic character while emphasizing the social and political circumstances of the work. With its origins in collective practice, “Bródno People” tells both of a past and a present in post-communist Poland, and of a possible shared future.

Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly, Untitled ('THE MATHEMATICAL DREAM OF ASHURBANIPAL') (Lexington), 2000, UAB 657aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (“THE MATHEMATICAL DREAM OF ASHURBANIPAL”) (Lexington), 2000
Nicola L. Little TV Woman: ‘I Am the Last Woman Object’
Metallische Skulptur, auf drei Beinen, die im Rahmen der Ausstellung 'Future Bodies from a Recent Past' am Museum Brandhorst in München ausgestellt wird.
Bruno Gironcoli Ohne Titel (Baby auf drei Beinen)
Werk der Künstlerin Lynn Hershman Leeson aus der Ausstellung Future Bodies form a Recent Past in München
Lynn Hershman Leeson X-Ray Man
Cy Twombly, Untitles (Geata), 1992, UAB 467aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Gaeta), 1992