Muttertier, Miriam Cahn
Miriam Cahn
Muttertier
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Miriam Cahn

Muttertier, 1998


Dimensions
84.7 x 100.7 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2523
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 as a gift from Dieter und Birgit Broska, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art, room 16

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Muttertier is permeated with contradictions in many ways. The hybrid being emerges luminously from the dark background yet seems at the same instant to disappear into it once again. The breasts of the ape-like figure are vividly emphasised: animalistic, erotically charged. With just as much complexity as in the title of the work, which conveys the ambivalence of the role of woman as mother, Miriam Cahn calls gender roles into question: she deconstructs the social image of the woman, thematises sexuality and the (female) body, and ultimately raises questions as to her own identity.

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07.06.2024