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Jürgen Brodwolf

Bandaged figure
© Jürgen Brodwolf / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Jürgen Brodwolf

Bandagierte Figur / Bandaged figure, 1977

Figure cloth: canvas, papier-mâché, linen, mounted in wooden box frame with plexiglass pane
180 × 135 × 9 cm

signed and dated: Brodwolf 1977
(BRODWJ/R 4)

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Literature: Bernhard Holeczek/ Dieter Blume, Jürgen Brodwolf. Catalog raisonné of works up to 1978, Part 2, Brunswick 1978, No. 502, ill. p. 234.

While Jürgen Brodwolf discovers new materials in the course of the 1960s in order to combine his "tube figures" with found objects, his unbroken love of experimentation stimulates him to additionally shape his figures with paper and papier-mâché. This leads to the fact that since the beginning of the 1970s he uses the textile fabric, which at that time was still little used in sculpture, in favor of an increase in material expression. Initially, he uses old canvases to cut out his figures using the silhouette method, which he then arranges on sometimes unconventional picture supports.

The resulting relief images express the fragile character of these linen silhouettes, as exemplified in one of his key works, the larger-than-life "Bandaged Figure" (1977). The need for protection of all living things is articulated in a memorable way by the material in the sense of an envelope that provides security.

A comparable work can be found in the Kunsthaus Zürich.
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