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Alexandra Bircken

New Model Army

  • Year2016
  • MaterialMannequin in metal stand, nlyon, leather, padding
  • Dimensions164 x 26 x 49 cm
  • Year of acquisition2018
  • Inventory numberUAB 1107
  • 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

Arthur Jafa , Monster II, 2017, UAB /aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Arthur Jafa Monster II, 2017
Andy Warhol, Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975, UAB 522aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen (Alphanso Panell), 1975
Werkabbildung: Konrad Klapheck, Der Überlebende, 1973, Ausstellung 'German Pop' im Museum Brandhorst in München
Konrad Klapheck Der Überlebende, 1973
Seth Price, Vintage Bomber, UAB 1219aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Seth Price Vintage Bomber, 2006
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 646aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008
Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2003, UAB 484aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled, 2003