MEN AND MASCULINITY
Works from the Louisiana Collection
The Louisiana’s collection is rich in pictures of people, many of them men. The theme Men and Masculinity, on display in the East Wing, clearly shows that masculinity has many faces.
While numerous artists after World War II turned to an abstract vocabulary, others stayed with figuration, creating radical counter-images to war-propaganda depictions of strongmen, invincible soldiers and triumphant figures. This dichotomy runs through the collection.
With existential angst, humour and self-deprecation, the works illuminate and puncture a number of cultural clichés about gender that used to be prominent and still figure in pop culture, as well as in political and military ideals. Many of the works are self-portraits that seem to question the concept of the confident male artistic genius. The theme brings together works by among others Warhol, Antony Gormley, Ulay, Georg Baselitz, Ugo Rondinone and Francis Bacon.