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“It is It”

Galerie Anselm Dreher

“It is It,” a three-part exhibition, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the gallery and brings together seven artists from both Europe and the United States. In the first part of this show, Ange Leccia’s Lolita, 1988—a massive, black BMW motorcycle, with its headlight on was placed in the entrance and emitted a recording of the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita, 1962. In combining sensual music and the motorcycle as symbol of masculinity, Leccia’s sculpture possesses all the characteristics of a bachelor machine. Lolita plots the parameters of technology, eros, and commodity esthetics at the end of the 20th century.

In the same space the series “It is It,” 1988, by Serge Kliaving, took a more critical position toward the signs and symbols of commodity esthetics in a series of six similar pictures of LIFE Magazine’s logo. Kliaving always works with the symbols of advertising and corporate

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