Events | Against the Edge: 2023 Frieze Kunstmesse am Thomas Mann House

Los Angeles, Thomas Mann House | 13. Februar 2023 – 18. Februar 2023

Die von Jay Ezra Nayssan im Rahmen der Frieze Art Fair kuratierte Ausstellung „Against the Edge" bringt die Arbeiten zeitgenössischer Künstler:innen in einen Dialog mit den kulturellen Stätten der Westside und fördert dabei Erzählungen über Befreiung und Kreativität sowie über Exil und Verdrängung zutage. Vor diesem Hintergrund und in Zusammenhang mit unserem Jahresthema "Das Politische Mandat der Künste" werden Arbeiten von der Künstlerin Nicola L. exklusiv im Thomas Mann House gezeigt.

Nicola L., installed at Thomas Mann House for ‘Frieze Projects: Against the Edge’, curated by Jay Ezra Nayssan for Frieze Los Angeles 2023. Photo by Paul Salveson. Courtesy of Frieze; Nicola L. Collection and Archive; and Alison Jacq

*Diese Ausstellung wurde auf englischer Sprache konzipiert*

Frieze Projects: Against the Edge creates multiple parallels between the political and social practices of the Moroccan-born French artist Nicola L. and German author Thomas Mann. Spread throughout the living room and study of Thomas Mann’s home in Pacific Palisades, Nicola L.’s functional sculptures and Penetrables reveal a profound purpose while joshing with the legacy of modernist architecture.

For Both Nicola L. and Thomas Mann, the home was political. It was from his study that Mann would complete his novel Doctor Faustus as well as record his monthly anti-Nazi messages to the German people, broadcast by the BBC to Germany. Nicola, upon returning home to Paris in 1967, took to the streets with students and factory workers in the May 68 demonstrations, making a series of Penetrable protest banners. These banners were punctuated with entries for five to ten heads, with slogans such as WE WANT TO TOUCH, WE WANT TO SEE, WE WANT TO FEEL, WE WANT TO LOVE, and WE WANT TO BE LOVED stenciled across them. On view at the Thomas Mann House is an example of one of these banners with nine head-Penetrables and the phrase NOUS VOULONS ENTENDRE, or, WE WANT TO HEAR, this work resounds with Mann’s broadcasts, each of which began with the words “Germans, Listen!”

In addition to the exhibition at the Thomas Mann House, the Frieze Projects: Against the Edge also includes installations by Tony Cokes at Beyond Baroque in Venice, Kelly Akashi at the Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades, and Julie Becker at Del Vaz Projects in Santa Monica.

About the Artist

Nicola L. was born in 1932 in Morocco and died in 2019 in Los Angeles. In the 1960s, she worked in Ibiza and Paris and was part of an intellectual and artistic cohort invested in both conceptual art and pop, which included Alberto Greco, Yves Klein, and Marta Minujín. Nicola L.'s oeuvre is full of humor and wit: men as sofas, knobs as nipples, unchaste applications of faux fur. She cleverly made literal the objectification of the female form. Generally, her practice tackled representations of the body and the social persona through conceptual works, functional and domestic items, furniture, installations, paintings, films, performances, and diaristic and dreamlike drawings. Her caricatural anthropomorphic objects question the nature of subjectivity, especially in relation to her feminist concerns. Many of her sculptures invite the viewer to activate them through touch.

Visits by appointment only. Booking is required as capacity is limited.

February, 13-15-17-18

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Dieses Projekt ist eine Zusammenarbeit zwischen Del Vaz Projects, der Villa Aurora, FRIEZE und dem Thomas Mann House.