Andreas Schön


For his first solo exhibition in Italy, Andreas Schön presented a unified body of work that differed radically from his usual landscape painting. His most recent installation consisted of a series of portraits that depicted a toy lamb from various angles. Attached to the puppet’s back was a small ribbon with the colors of the French flag; its ears, stretched forward, recalled 17th-century men’s wigs. These details were sufficient to evoke, in almost satirical fashion, the French Revolution. Indeed, each puppet was given the name of a historical personage: Philippe Egalité, Talleyrand, Capet, Danton, Saint Just, and Kloots, a German officer who abandoned his country to join up with the French.

The use of a sheep—usually emblematic of meekness—to represent one of the most brutal periods in French history, made clear the satirical intent of this work. By placing victims and executioners

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