Edward Kienholz’s Five Car Stud Sanguine/Bloedrood – M HKA Luc Tuymans on Baroque



 June 1–September 16, 2018

Edward & Nancy Kienholz, Five Car Stud, 1969–72
Edward & Nancy Kienholz, Five Car Stud, 1969–72, Collezione Prada, Milan. Courtesy of Fondazione Prada, Mila

Edward Kienholz’s Five Car Stud (1969–72) is the uncomfortable anchor of the exhibition, which is full of martyrdom and, as the title suggests, blood. The work is so painful that it was hidden away for almost four decades, until finally reemerging at the Fondazione Prada in Milan, where the exhibition will move next. Five Car Stud portrays the grizzly scene of an African American man being castrated by a group of masked white men illuminated by headlights. It is reminiscent of a composition by Peter Paul Rubens or Caravaggio, several of which hang in the exhibition, except for its all-too-real connection to the ongoing hangover of slavery. The work by Kienholz exemplifies why the show is so relevant — reality and fiction are collapsed into each other.

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