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Lucy McKenzie – Prime Suspect

K.H. Hödicke


  • Translated titleUnderground
  • Year1964
  • MaterialGraphite, charcoal, emulsion paint on canvas
  • Dimensions90.8 x 70.5 x 2 cm
  • Year of acquisition2020
  • On viewGround floor
  • Copyright© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020Photo: Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, München

More about the artwork

The picture, painted in Berlin in 1964, is one of Hödicke’s key works. After his early abstract work it marks the “desperate attempt to become representational”. Impressions of urban hustle and bustle, which Hödicke collected on his strolls near Kurfürstendamm, crowd in on the centrally positioned blue-and-white subway sign. We see the door of a passing subway car, sections of store signs (“Automaten-Buffet”) and barriers. As if he wanted to underscore, also materially, the industrialization of the everyday world, Hödicke pasted shiny strips of aluminum foil into the picture. The mixture of drawing, painting and assemblage thus blends into an “action collage” of Berlin’s big-city life between fascination and alienation.

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Further collection artworks

Werkabbildung zu
Lucy McKenzie Top of the Will, 1998-99
Werkabbildung Cy Twombly, Bacchanalia - Fall (5 Days in October), 1977 im Museum Brandhorst in München Teil der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Bacchanalia - Fall (5 Days in October), 1977
Keith Haring Untitled (Subway Drawing), 1981
Andy Warhol, Still Life (Hammer and Sickle), 1976, UAB 546
Andy Warhol Still Life (Hammer and Sickle), 1976
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Lucy McKenzie Kensington 2246, 2010
Andy Warhol, Somebody Wants to Buy Your Apartment Building! (positive), 1986, UAB 600
Andy Warhol Somebody Wants to Buy Your Appartment Building! (positive), 1986