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The world of Ydessa Hendeles: Reality or Fantasy?

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The Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier location is welcoming the famed Canadian artist Ydessa Hendeles, marking her first retrospective in Europe with the exhibition titled Death to Pigs. Featuring an expansive arrangement of more than 150 vintage wooden manikins, a plastic pig and an American roadable aircraft, Hendeles collects historical objects and artifacts to bring them together in complex and expansive installations. The exhibition Death to Pigs showcases some of the artist’s most prominent works created within the last thirteen years. Ydessa was born to Holocaust survivor parents in the city of Marburg. Her works reflect the history of the twentieth century with a narrative consistent with loss and alienation presented through thorough historical and cultural research with autobiographical references throughout. Hendeles encourages the visitor to find or forge a connection by looking back in the past to understand the consequences it has on our future. She introduces us to social developments, such as ideas of cultural identity that were used destructively to influence masses and turn utopian ideas into dystopian realities.

The Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier’s temporary exhibition reflecting the works of the great Ydessa Hendeles is on display until the 27th of May. Exclusive photos and a deeper look into the story behind her collection are featured in the CloudGuide guide, now available on our App!

 



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