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Maker: Klaus Staeck; Steidl Göttingen
Date Made: 1985
Place Made: Germany: Heidelberg
Measurements: 59.2 cm x 84 cm; 23 5/16 in x 33 1/16 in
Main Subject: Germany (Europe); Ecology
Materials: paper (fiber product)
NE-N 14 Coke[...] Coca-Cola[...] Kuhl-Tasche Entwurf: Klaus Staeck 1985, Postfach 102063, 6900 Heidelberg - Druck: Steidl, Göttingen
Acquisition Number: 1991-101
Translation: NE-N 14 Coke[...] Coca-Cola[...] Cool-Bag Concept: Klaus Staeck 1985, Postfach 102063, 6900 Heidelberg - Printer: Steidl, Göttingen
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Annotation Based on: The Luncheon on the Grass Edouard Manet Oil on canvas, 1863 Musée d’Orsay, Paris Widely considered a key moment in the birth of modernist painting, Manet’s The Luncheon on the Grass was refused by the official Paris Salon and exhibited in the alternative “Salon of the Refused” instead. Contemporaries were shocked by the “unnatural” juxtaposition of a nude female with clothed men, despite the obvious reference to a famous Giorgione painting in the Louvre. Le Concert Champêtre which also contrasts female nudity with men in clothes. Manet’s work thus functions as an intentional appropriation to make a provocative social point, as do the works in this exhibition. Staeck’s photomontage condemns consumerism and pollution by adding conspicuous consumer objects into the pristine landscape: a still life of Coca-Cola cans replaces Manet’s clothing and food, a contemporary food cooler, and a huge shiny Mercedes seemingly embraced by the bather.