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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. Collection Goetz, Munich © Paweł Althamer. Photo: Thomas Dashuber

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

Mark Leckey UniAddDumThs “ANIMAL”, 2014 - ongoing
Cy Twombly, Lepanto IV, 2001, UAB 472aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto IV, 2001
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Lexington), 2002, UAB 651aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Lexington), 2002
Cy Twombly, Ramification, 1971, UAB 452aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Ramification, 1971
Cy Twombly , Untitled (Rome), 1962, UAB 444aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Rome), 1962