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Genpei Akasegawa

Sheets of Vagina Second Present

  • Year1961/94
  • MaterialRubber, aluminum, glass, vacuum tubes, wood, etc.
  • On viewGround floor
  • Copyright© Genpei Akasegawa, Courtesy of SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, with thanks to Naoko Akasegawa. Photo: Otani Ichiro

More about the artwork

The relief by the Japanese artist Genpei Akasegawa is equally impressive for both its size and itsmateriality. He created an object of almost overwhelming physicality using blood-red inner tubes fromthe tyres of a truck that were cut open and sewn back together, and to which a hubcap and vacuumtubes were applied. The title “Sheets of Vagina (Second Present)” refers explicitly to the female sexualorgan. Originally, hydrochloric acid dripped from a long pipette, integrated into the work, onto an object below. The female sexual organ—the point of contact between inside and outside—had beenreplaced by leaking machine parts. “Sheets of Vagina” consists of waste products, suggesting thesurplus of Japan’s economic expansion during the 1950s and 1960s. Yet for all the changes in Japanese society, freedoms relating to sexuality and procreation continued to be suppressed. Abstractenough not to invite censorship, the fleshy materials and forms in Akasegawa’s work are all the morecharged, testifying to an alien, machinic productivity.

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Cy Twombly, Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 646aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008
Cy Twombly, Ramification, 1971, UAB 452aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Ramification, 1971
Cy Twombly , Lepanto II, 2001, UAB 470Lepanto Zyklus aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto II, 2001
Skultpurale Arbeit der Künstlerin Nairy Baghramian aus der Ausstellung Future Bodies from a Recent Past in München, die an eine großformatige Zahnspange erinnert.
Nairy Baghramian Scruff of the Neck
Cy Twombly, Lepanto IV, 2001, UAB 472aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto IV, 2001