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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

Andy Warhol, Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975, UAB 523aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975
Gerhard Richter, Familie nach Altem Meister, 1965, UAB 363aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Gerhard Richter Familie nach altem Meister, 1965
Andy Warhol, Still Life (Hammer and Sickle), 1976, UAB 546
Andy Warhol Still Life Hammer and Sickle, 1976
Sigmar Polke, Die drei Lügen der Malerei, 1994, UAB 350aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Sigmar Polke Die drei Lügen der Malerei, 1994
Andy Warhol, Shadows, ca. 1978, UAB 559aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Andy Warhol Shadows, ca. 1978
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Camino Real), UAB 806aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Camino Real), 2011