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Current exhibitions

Filmstills aus Mark Leckeys „Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore“ (1999) Exhibition series "Spot On"

Spot On: Mark Leckey

Forever Young Jubiläumsausstellung 10 Jahre Museum Brandhorst München Exhibition

Forever Young – 10 Years Museum Brandhorst

Exhibition series "Spot On"

Spot On: Michael Krebber

R.H. QuaytmanThe Origin of the Sauromatei, 2016UAB 1065 Exhibition series "Spot On"

Spot On: R.H. Quaytman

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Exhibition guided tour |

MVHS I Forever Young - 10 Years Museum Brandhorst

Themed tour |

Long live painting! Painting from the 1960s to today

Guided tour for children |

Children’s Tour “Art Expedition – All Kids on Board!”

Cy TwomblyUntitled (Bacchus), 2005UAB 488 Exhibition guided tour |

Cy Twombly

Themed tour |

Cy Twombly

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Alexandra Bircken

New Model Army

  • Year2016
  • MaterialMannequin on metal stand, nylon, leather, padding
  • Dimensions164 x 24 x 49 cm
  • Year of acquisition2018
  • Inventory numberUAB 1105
  • 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, 2016UAB 1104-1107

Further collection artworks

Michael Krebber1, 2001UAB 1210
Michael Krebber 1, 2001
David LaChapelle Recollections in America, VI: Kahlua and Milk, 2006UAB 634 6 I 13
David LaChapelle Recollections in America, VI: Kahlua and Milk, 2006
Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975UAB 539
Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975
Andy Warhol Self-Portrait, 1967UAB 787
Andy Warhol Self-Portrait, 1967
Günther Brus Ohne Titel, 1982UAB 47
Günter Brus Ohne Titel, 1982
Andy Warhol Ladies and Gentlemen, 1975