Bouke de Vries: War & Pieces

Date(s) - 05/02/2020 - 09/27/2020
12:00 am

Frick Pittsburgh


This exhibition presents Dutch contemporary artist Bouke de Vries’s interpretation of an 18th-century tablescape with a sprawling assemblage of porcelain fragments resembling a nuclear wasteland.

De Vries found inspiration in the sophisticated figural centerpieces that adorned European aristocracy’s banquet tables during the 17th and 18th centuries. Displayed during the dessert course for special occasions, these figures were initially crafted from sugar (a rare and prized commodity that signaled the wealth of the host). In the 18th century, European porcelain actories began to produce more enduring replacements of the sugar forms. De Vries references these traditions with a modern centerpiece assembled around a mushroom cloud explosion that has rendered the table a ravaged battleground.

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