Mark Wallinger

Aargauer Kunsthaus

It is the human being—not its ego—that stands at the center of Mark Wallinger’s work. And that distinguishes him from the YBAs with whom he was once associated. His Ecce Homo, 1999, conceived for a column in Trafalgar Square, where it was installed at the turn of the millennium, takes on a traditional motif of Western art history—the tortured Christ under the tribunal of Pontius Pilate—but depicts the former as an average human, wearing a barbed-wire crown on his shaved head, recalling the victims of twentieth-century extermination camps. The marble sculpture now stands in the courtyard of the Aargauer Kunsthaus, visible through windows from all sides, but at the same time isolated and inaccessible (a bit like Wallinger himself in Sleeper, 2007, for which he spent ten nights in the illuminated glass box of Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie, wearing a bear costume). Ecce Homo marks the center

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