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Kerstin Brätsch for DAS INSTITUT

Heavy Mädel

  • Year2009
  • MaterialCoins, pigments, acrylic, and oil on paper
  • Dimensions273.1 x 182.9 cm
  • Year of acquisition2018
  • Inventory numberUAB 1110
  • On viewBasement floor

More about the artwork

In 2009, shortly after the financial crisis began, Kerstin Brätsch started working on a series of coin paintings. “Heavy Mädel” is one of the first two works in this series. Onto a dark background in variable hues, she glued American coins in the form of a large "X". Paper as a medium is not particularly well-suited for such a treatment: the coins weigh down the paper and occasionally some fall off. But Brätsch likes the fact that her paintings become “wishing wells”—as if one could seal one’s fortune with a few cents. The work thus refers to a long tradition; in religious contexts painting is regarded as a powerful medium with transcendent qualities. At the same time, the coins address the question of the value of art, especially of painting, which is increasingly determined by the art market.

Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly Lepanto VIII, 2001 UAB 476
Cy Twombly Lepanto VIII, 2001
Cy Twombly Untitled, 2003 UAB 483
Cy Twombly Untitled, 2003
Günther Brus Ohne Titel, 1982 UAB 44
Günter Brus Ohne Titel, 1982
David LaChapelle Recollections in America, XII: Beer Bottle with Baby and Terrier, 2006 UAB 634 12 I 13
David LaChapelle Recollections in America, XII: Beer Bottle with Baby and Terrier, 2006
Cy Twombly Untitled (
Cy Twombly Untitled ("In Memory of Alvaro De Campos") (Lexington), 2002
Richard Avedon Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, poets, New York, December 30, 1963, undatiert UAB 808
Richard Avedon Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, poets, New York, December 30, 1963, undated