Marcel Mariën, object – assemblage, 1972
The Belgian artist, writer, filmmaker and photographer Marcel Mariën caused quite a stir in his time. In many ways he always sought the limits of permissibility and undermined the certainty of every existence. Belonging to surrealism, he made connections between the Belonging to surrealism, he made connections between the visual and the literary with numerous puns. As an enfant terrible, he lashed out in an unconventional way at the power of the church and capitalism.
With ‘Mercedes Child’ he modernises the classic bust as a seductive object. There is the naked female beauty, there is the Mercedes symbol of luxury and there is the match that indicates relaxation. The artist often played with the eroticism of the female body as a controversy over the puritan mentality of his time.
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