Kienholz
Five Car Stud
at Fondazione Prada

Milan,
19 May – 31 December, 2016

Fondazione Prada is presenting Kienholz: Five Car Stud, curated by Germano Celant. The exhibition brings together a selection of artworks realized between 1959 to 1994 by Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, including the well-known installation that gives the show its title.
A life-sized reproduction of a scene of racial violence, Five Car Stud is considered one of the American artist’s most significant works. Despite the controversy and attention that it earned from critics right from its debut, the piece remained hidden from view in the storage of a Japanese collector for almost forty years. The artwork is today part of the Prada Collection, and is being shown for the first time ever in Italy, where it forms the main nucleus of an exhibition. Five Car Stud catapults the viewer into a nightmarish situation, immersing him and her in a dimension  of extreme violence.
More than forty years after it was first created, the artwork’s expressive force, its powerful symbolic charge and the lucidity of the accusation against racial persecution retain still their original strength.

 

“KIENHOLZ MADE NO ATTEMPT TO SUBLIMATE THE MEANNESS AND TRAGEDY OF LIFE, ITS CONDITIONS OF LONELINESS AND TRIVIALITY, BUT USED THEM AS A WAY OF PUTTING A SHINE ON A LOW AND POPULAR UNIVERSE.” – GERMANO CELANT