Madonna Mercedes, Thomas Bayrle
Thomas Bayrle
Madonna Mercedes
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Thomas Bayrle

Madonna Mercedes, 1989

198 x 146 cm
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Collage, photocopy and color on wood
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Acquired in 2008 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Not on display


About the Work

The title ‘Madonna Mercedes’ identifies both the motif from which the collage has been assembled and the overall shape resulting from the individual pasted-on parts – the half-length figure of a Madonna. In Thomas Bayrle’s work a motif derived from pop culture is combined with a figural type quoted from an orthodox icon. By citing the reference systems of religion and consumerism, the artist emphasises the contrast between the masses and the individual, which in his collage virtually merge into a single image.


Kunst nach 1945: Thomas Bayrle
Thomas Bayrle (* 7. November 1937 in Berlin, lebt und arbeitet in Frankfurt) stellt in diesem Film der Städel-Reihe "Kunst nach 1945" verschiedene seiner Werke vor, die im Städel zu sehen sind, und erzählt, wie er bei der Entwicklung seiner künstlerischen Arbeiten vorgeht. Für Untertitel klicken Sie bitte auf das Untertitel-Symbol am rechten unteren Rand des Videos. For subtitles please click the captions icon at the bottom of the video.

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