Katharina Fritsch

Installation view 1987 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: LWL / Rudolf Wakonigg

Installation view 1987 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: LWL / Rudolf Wakonigg

Madonna

1987

Object in Duroplast, later replaced by a stone cast

170 x 40 x 34 cm

 

Location

Salzstraße, between Karstadt department store and the Dominican Church. Temporary installation

 

Owner

Gladstone Collection, New York

 

Katharina Fritsch

* 1956 in Essen, Germany

lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany

 

Katharina Fritsch cast a life-size replica of the effigy of Our Lady of Lourdes in Duroplast resin. The artist coated the figure with luminous yellow enamel and stood it in Salzstraße, a busy shopping street, between Karstadt department store and the Dominican Church.

Perceptions of the sculpture by people in Münster varied wildly, as did their response. Some passers-by saw the figure as a religious motif and laid flowers in its honour. In other people the sculpture provoked reactions coloured by vandalism and destructive anger. Hence, shortly before the exhibition opened, the object was replaced by a stone cast.

After the exhibition Fritsch’s Madonna passed into the ownership of the Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation in Toronto. Today the work is part of the Gladstone Collection in New York.

Alina Beckmann

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  • Still existing
  • Removed