The exhibition brings together a selection of artworks realized between 1959 to 1994 by Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, including the well-known installation ‘Five Car Stud’ that gives the show its title.
A life-sized reproduction of a scene of racial violence, Five Car Stud is considered one of the American artist’s most significant works. Despite the controversy and attention that it earned from critics right from its debut, the piece remained hidden from view in the storage of a Japanese collector for almost forty years.
‘Five Car Stud” is now part of the Prada Collection, and is being shown for the first time ever in Italy, where it forms the central nucleus of an exhibition path that runs from the Sud gallery to the Deposito, and extends into an external space, presenting 25 artworks including sculpture, assemblages and tableaux realized by the Kienholzes from 1959 to 1994, as well as documentation material on the history and making of Five Car Stud.
The exhibition offers what Peter Aspden in the Financial Times, calls “ withering critiques of US society”. It includes representations of violent situations that the Foundation warns may disturb or offend some visitors. The Foundation advises minors to avoid visiting the exhibition, and in any case may do so only when accompanied by an adult who assumes full responsibility for the visit.
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