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Alexandra Bircken: A–Z

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Alexandra Bircken

New Model Army

  • Year2016
  • MaterialMannequin on metal stand, nylon, leather, padding
  • Dimensions164 x 26 x 49 cm
  • Year of acquisition2018
  • Inventory numberUAB 1106
  • On viewGround floor

More about the artwork

Four headless mannequins are arranged in a rank-and-file formation. The title promises a “New Model Army,” but the figures rather resemble a rag army. Parts of used motorcycle clothing have been sewn directly onto the plastic bodies with stuffing material and silk pantyhose. Abrasions from accidents on the motorcycle gear, as well as the manual seams that hold the materials together, look like scars on this second, supposedly protective skin. Recycling used materials is a constant in Bircken’s œuvre, who worked as a fashion designer before turning to the visual arts in the early 2000s. And thus clothing and its significance to our self-concept continues to play a major role in her work. Bircken’s “army” becomes a symbol of the “damaged” yet resistant subject that does not radiate with immaculate perfection, but rather displays the traces of what it has experienced, for all to see.

Alexandra Bircken , New Model Army, 2016, UAB 1104-1107aus der Sammlung Brandhorst

Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly, Untitled ('In Memory of Babur“) (Lexington), 2000, UAB 658aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (“In Memory of Babur”) (Lexington), 2000
Seth Price, Image Rights Style Bag, UAB 1042aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Seth Price Image Rights Style Bag, 2012
K. H. Hödicke, U-Bahn, 1963 2020 Schenkung des Künstlers I Udo und Anette Brandhorst Sammlung
K.H. Hödicke U-Bahn, 1964
Cy Twombly , Lepanto XII, 2001, UAB 480aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto XII, 2001
Louise Lawler *1947, No Drones (adjusted to fit), UAB 915Crazy, 2011, Verrückt, UAB 916
Louise Lawler Crazy, 2011
Cy Twombly , Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 645
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008