Ian Kiaer

Brueghel Project / Casa Malaparte

1999

Medium
Acrylic paint on calico, stool, balsa wood, foam, cardboard and artificial moss
Dimensions
Overall display dimensions variable
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Charles Asprey 2009
Reference
T12874

Display caption

This tableau was inspired by the experiences of two men, living centuries apart, in the same mountainous, remote region of Italy. The windmill here is taken from The Procession of Calvary by Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel who travelled to Italy and France in the mid-1500s. The scene of isolation is mirrored by the little balsa wood house positioned precariously on top of the foam on the stool, a reference to the Italian poet Curzio Malaparte’s retreat on a rocky promontory overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea following his exile by Mussolini in 1933.

Gallery label, April 2012