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Johan Muyle

Galerie Ascan Crone

This exhibition of Johan Muyle’s rotating, blinking, and tinkling works would have fascinated and entertained children. Between the individual works stuffed animals tumbled about, giving the entire scene a macabre atmosphere. A monkey surrounded by ivy extended his arm to beg; two Pomeranians played with each other in a baby carriage. Each work seemed to transport the viewer back to a time of individual mythologies and surrealistic games. A strange combination of devotional objects, sawed-up furniture, and tin cans created this time warp, which, with its tendency toward private mysticism, harkened back to the early ’70s.

Muyle brings objects together that don’t seem to belong together, yet they grow together and fuse. Despite this, some of the works have no inner cohesiveness. In Musizierende Gesellschaft (Musical society, 1990), a chair with sawed-off legs on a table with one-half of a

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