Der Wächter (The Guard) Der Wächter (The Guard)
Works Works
Bei Silvia (At Silvia's) Bei Silvia (At Silvia's)
Das Museum, Acryl, Pastellkreiden und Ölstift auf MDF, Bild von der Seite, oberes Drittel.
Das Museum, Tinte auf Papier, 80 x 60 cm. Künstler: Phoebe Lesch.
Das Museum, Acryl, Pastellkreiden und Ölstift auf MDF, Detail
Das Museum, Gipsrelief, 60 x 40 cm. Künstler: Phoebe Lesch

Das Museum (The Museum)

Size in cm : 150 x 180 x 6
Material
: Acrylic, pastel and oilstick on MDF
Year
: 2014

The Museum has a huge mouth that looks like a swimming pool and sucks in works of art, inexorably. Once they're in, they're dead. Its classicistic and fascist attributes (entrance portal, caryatids, chimneys) indicate a German nightmare you definitely want to escape. In fact, my first draft (ink on paper, 80 x 60 cm) and the plaster relief based on it (same size) show a person trying to leave the pool. The whole structure has an uncertain perspective that seems to fall backwards toward a gloomy sun. 

I made the final version after a few years spent in Italy and the fleeing figure was gone. The Museum became a flat, irregular tryptich with a ravening hole that attracts the eye. You can plunge headfirst into it and disappear.