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OAF Curated Space | I Wish I Could Speak in Technicolor: Visions of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

Curated by Maurizio Cattelan & Marta Papini

OAF Paris 2022

September 15 – 18

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein (1910 - 1983)

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein (1910 - 1983)
No. 818, July 3, 1959, 1959
Oil on masonite
24 x 24 inches

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I Wish I Could Speak in Technicolor: Visions of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein
Curated by Maurizio Cattelan and Marta Papini

It all began with a mushroom cloud, on March 1, 1954, when the United States carried out its largest nuclear detonation, “Castle Bravo,” at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

The photo of the nuclear test, published in the popular press, impressed Eugene Von Bruenchenhein's fervid imagination, and he started to depict it in his paintings, from 1954 to 1960. Until that moment, his relentlessly artistic vein had found his outburst in portraying his wife Marie, taking inspiration from pin-up imagery and fashion magazines of the 40s.
 




For the next decade, Von Bruenchenhein’s fingers would paint apocalyptic visions, wild, invented creatures from the deep sea, yet-to-be-discovered galaxies, fireworks, and cities taken over by vegetals. An imaginary world only apparently disconnected by the outside world. Despite the meditative quality of his paintings, in fact, he was deeply connected to the popular culture of his time. I Wish I Could Speak in Technicolor explores the connection between the inner, intimate world of Von Bruenchenhein, and what was happening right outside his door.

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