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Art November, 19 2009

Kienholz: The Hoerengracht

Yesterday, The Hoerengracht, an ambitious installation produced by Ed and Nancy Kienholz opened at the National Gallery in London. The 3 dimensional sculpture recreates Amsterdam’s red light district as the duo experienced it in the 1980s. In subject matter, the Kienholz’s recall a place frequently explored by European artists, particularly Dutch artists of the 17th-century.

The Hoergrengracht was built between 1983 and 1988 in Berlin. It was the last major piece composed by the Kienholz’s before Ed’s death in 1994. The installation is on view through February 21, 2010 and free to the public.

After the jump check out a video of National Gallery curator Colin Wiggens providing a full introduction to The Hoerengracht.

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