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Jürgen Brodwolf

The chains, figurine
© Jürgen Brodwolf / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Jürgen Brodwolf

Die Ketten, Figurine / The chains, figurine, 1968

Wooden box, porcelain bowl, chain net, license plates
50 × 50 × 10 cm

signed and dated u.: Brodwolf 68
(BRODWJ/O 10)

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Provenance: Private collection Baden-Württemberg
Literature: Ausst.Kat. Jürgen Brodwolf. 1968-1978. development of an art figure, Kunstverein Hochrhein e.V. Bad Säckingen 1978, ill. o. p.
Bernhard Holeczek, Jürgen Brodwolf. Catalog raisonné of objects 1959 - 1976. part 1, Brunswick 1976, no. 36, ill. p. 112
Exhibition cat. Jürgen Brodwolf. Figurenräume, Kunstverein Munich 1976, ill. o. p.
Exhibition cat. Jürgen Brodwolf. Conception and Development of a Figure, Kunstverein Freiburg, 1974/1975, ill. o. p.

At the end of the 1960s, Jürgen Brodwolf combined his tube figures with utilitarian objects that had become functionless, such as wooden boxes, shoe boxes, or drawers. In doing so, he creates self-contained worlds that emanate a certain timelessness and reveal his irrepressible urge for scenic design. Through unusual views or glimpses, he opens up infinite possibilities of association in his "showcases," which combine in the minds of the viewers to form subjectively colored stories. The object work "The Chains", created in 1968, appears in combination with an old drawer and window frame like a small wall shelf, in which two figurines, provided with numbers and chains, as well as a bowl blotted with paint, related to the set box principle, are placed. Here, the connection between the "chained" figurines and the numbering can evoke situations of imprisonment. Indeed, a deeply touching, even oppressive feeling emanates from the narrative constellations. Immediately we are thrown back on elementary questions of existence with all its external and internal constraints.
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