• Nicolas Ceccaldi, Apocryphal Masquerade, 2014, deer skull, ribbon, red wine, 12 3/8 × 4 × 6 3/4".

    Nicolas Ceccaldi

    Kunstverein München

    “Red Wine,” the title of Nicolas Ceccaldi’s first solo show in a public institution, was apparently intended as a catchall reference to intoxicating substances, to pleasurable means of withdrawal from reality. Then again, the poster accompanying the exhibition included an image of someone holding out a red pill, somewhat incongruously recalling a famous scene from the 1999 movie The Matrix: By taking it, the film’s protagonist, Neo, chose to be confronted with the dystopian, machine-dominated real world. The poster’s design was clearly based on DIS magazine’s stock-imagery initiative DISimages,

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