Kienholz: The Hoerengracht




The Hoerengracht’ (1983–8), by American artists Ed and Nancy Kienholz, will transform the Sunley Room into a walk-through evocation of Amsterdam’s Red Light District.

This highly polemical tableau explores a theme that has been investigated by artists over many centuries and echoes visual traditions well established within European art.

Recalling in particular the Dutch masters of the 17th century, which are strongly represented in the National Gallery, ‘The Hoerengracht’ recreates the brick walls, glowing windows and mysterious doorways of Amsterdam’s claustrophobic streets. At the same time, the half-dressed, garishly lit mannequins of ‘The Hoerengracht’ reveal a theatre of grim sociology, filled with the most vulgar, ugly and ramshackle aspects of society.

Duration 18 November 2009 - 21 February 2010
Times Daily 10am–6pm, Fridays 10am–9pm
Cost Free
Venue National Gallery
Address Trafalgar Square London WC2N 5DN, ,
Contact 020 7747 2885 / / www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting

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