Ian Kiaer Brueghel Project / Casa Malaparte 1999

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Artwork details

Artist
Ian Kiaer born 1971
Title
Brueghel Project / Casa Malaparte
Date 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
Not on display

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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.

April 2012

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