Ohne Titel (Mutter und Kind), Otto Muehl
Otto Muehl
Ohne Titel (Mutter und Kind)
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Otto Muehl

Ohne Titel (Mutter und Kind), 1985


Dimensions
170.0 x 130.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2418
Acquisition
Acquired in 2013 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

As one of the main figures of Viennese Actionism, Otto Muehl attracted attention by founding the Action-Analytical Organisation, a commune which settled in Friedrichshof, in Austria's Burgenland, in 1974. The commune led an experimental lifestyle characterised by shared property, freely expressed sexuality and the overcoming of the father-mother principle. Muehl's dense pictorial work, produced from the mid-1970s onwards, must be seen in this context. In his painting 'Untitled (Mother and Child)' he reproduces a situation in which two human children are shown sucking at their mother's breasts at the same time, like little piglets. This alienation and also the mother's body, which is out of proportion, are not simply the artistic response to life in the commune. In their radicality with regard to painting technique and content, Muehl's pictures served as role models for the generation of the Junge Wilde (Wild Youth), especially Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Ohne Titel (Mutter und Kind) (Original Title)
Title Translation
Untitled (Mother and Child)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Muehl 27.1.85

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
Acquired in 2013 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 42B742(2) mother and child(2), woman and child(2) (2) (2)
  • 41D9 (showing oneself) undressed, quasi-nude
  • 31AA233 kneeling figure - AA - female human figure
  • 42A31 nursing, suckling
Secondary

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03.09.2019