Bouke de Vries: War & Pieces

Date(s) - 08/15/2020 - 09/05/2021
12:00 am

Frick Pittsburgh


“War and Pieces” is  a special installation presenting Dutch contemporary artist Bouke de Vries’s interpretation of an 18th-century tablescape with a sprawling assemblage of porcelain fragments resembling a nuclear wasteland.

A former conservator of art objects, de Vries resurrects broken porcelain shards that would otherwise have been discarded and uses them to create new artworks that tackle both contemporary and historic issues. 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.

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