Hermitage, The Modernists
Just as in Le Louvre and Het Apparaat, Laurence Aëgerter joined iconic works from The Modernists exhibition in the Hermitage to the spectators of these works to form a new, layered, reality. She also combined the works of art with objects like a dried ham that makes Van Dongen’s French lady look like a cancan dancer, or a fly curtain, that gives an interesting perspective to Matisse’s Red Room. The red and blue stickers on the stairs that Aëgerter staged in front of a Kandinsky merge wonderfully well with the colourful elements of his Composition VI.
A salient detail: when looking at the original iconic works of art, after having studied Aëgerter’s images at length, we may have the unsettling experience that something is missing.