The Forbidden Reproduction, 2020
Digital Ink-jet on Neobond mirror, 65x81cm, easel ca. 70 x170 cm
Pontresina, Vias d'Art 2020
The surrealistic painting "La Reproduction Interdite" was painted by René Magritte in 1937. The painting shows a man who strangely sees the back of his head in the mirror - it preserves the mystery of the man's face and thus shows the impossibility of depicting reality through a painting. I digitally reproduced the painting as a copy on a mirror, thereby evoking Michelangelo Pistoletto's famous series of mirror paintings (since 1962). Like Pistoletto, I am not only concerned with the dimension of time, but with what is activated in the interplay between the surrealist painting and the virtual space created by the reflective surface enabling the involvement of the viewer and his surroundings. The piece is installed on an easel as a sculpture under the open sky, reminiscent of many surreal paintings by René Magritte showing an easel with a picture in the landscape - a painting within the painting.