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Text by Lena Zaidel about the sculpture Lady in Yellow, from the group exhibition Vienna 1900

Agripas 12 Gallery, Jerusalem, September 2020. Curators: Rina Peled, Max Epstein




  
  
  

 

Lena Zaidel, Lady in Yellow (Homage to M. Kurzweil) 2019, Plasticine, Cardboard, 24X29X29


Max Kurzweil, Lady in Yellow, 1899, Vienna Museum




Lady in Yellow

The work, made of plasticine, relates to the painting 'The Lady in Yellow' by Max Kurzweil (1900), turning the painting into a small three-dimensional sculpture, with tragi-comic elements. In a quick glance, the work seems light-hearted, with a whimsical and decorative air, like the little ceramic sculptures depicting idyllic scenes that adorned the salons of Europe from the 17th till the beginning of the previous century. This 'salon-like' impression is undermined when it becomes clear that the sculpture is made of plasticine - a highly unstable material - and also when the yellow wolf behind the back of the lady is discovered. The yellow wolf is also laden with symbolic allusions: Vienna's period of flourishing, at the start of the 20th century - as represented by the Lady - was short. That was the Europe from before the First World War. The wolves were breathing at the neck... I chose not to make the wolf overtly threatening, he sits comfortably on the couch, almost like a pet - that questionably guards the lady, questionably threatens her, and perhaps has already devoured her.






 

Vienna 1900, The opening at Agripas 12 Gallery, 16.9.2020




Vienna 1900, Blooming on 
the Edge of Abyss, 

Editors: Sharon Gordon 
and Rina Peled

  
 
  

  Vienna 1900, The opening at Agripas 12 Gallery, 16.9.2020

 

 



 

Lena Zaidel 2020

Barry Davis, 2020

Bat-Sheva Dori-Carlier, 2020

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Rina Genussov 2019

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Yossi Waxman 2018

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Shosh Averbukh, 2017

Gideon Ofrat 2017

Alejandera Okret 2017

Lena Zaidel 2007-16

S. Ish-Shalom Award 2015

Oded Zaidel 2015

Gideon Ofrat 2013

Albert Suisa 2013

Karine Levit 2013

Yonatan Amir 2012

Zeev Bar-Sella 2012

Shosh Averbukh 2008

Zeev Goldberg 2007

Monica Lavi 2006


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