Ohne Titel, Dieter Krieg
Dieter Krieg
Ohne Titel
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Dieter Krieg

Ohne Titel, 1985


Dimensions
160.0 x 293.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
DB027
Acquisition
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

Dieter Krieg's painted blow-up of a gramophone record of Erik Satie's '3 Melodies' is a gigantic three metres wide. The thick layer of oil paint hastily applied to the canvas with a broad brush in a heavy impasto dynamises the black vinyl and sets it in motion. Salvador Dalí seems then to have broken his lobster telephone onto it, since remains of the creature along with a pork chop are spinning round on the record. The trivial nature of the pictorial objects and their lack of congruence provoke and disturb the viewer. In addition to records, Krieg also painted huge heads of lettuce, chips and mattresses. "What I'm aiming for is inescapable presence," he explained. To this end he would alienate familiar objects and transform them to the point of grotesqueness and abstraction through abnormal enlargement. Satie remains silent, and the words on the record label are distorted, in part illegible. Krieg is pointing not towards the objects, but rather to their inaccessibility, locating the meaning of the painting in the artificial, that is to say, in the painterly itself.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Ohne Titel (Original Title)
Title Translation
Untitled
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet in der Mitte: 3 MELODIEN + 3 ORGANE

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Sammlung Deutsche Bank im Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Acquisition
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions
Medial Picture Elements
  • Erik Satie: Trois Mélodies, LP

Iconclass

Primary
  • 41E still life of miscellaneous objects
  • 46E651 gramophone record, disc, compact disc
  • 41C69 meat; still life of meat
Secondary
  • 49L12 Roman script; scripts based on the Roman alphabet

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24.11.2020