Dictators wallpaper. Group portrait Painting by Alla Tkachuk

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Painting: Oil on Cardboard, Paper.

‘Dictators wallpaper. Group portrait’ (an oil painting on paper mounted on board) is 'wallpaper' style group portrait of five naked dictators: Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Mao Zedung and Franco, part of 'The 20th Century Dictators' series.

'The 20th Century Dictators' (2002-2007) is a series of paintings, floor adhesive prints, posters, wallpaper and textile design, billboard, and animation that explores the images of naked Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Mao Zedong and Stalin in contemporary context going beyond the historical or documentary analysis. The animation 'Christ is Not an Aryan' was screened on Europe’s largest digital screen in 2007 on top of the Axel Springer Building and was dabbed as “one of three things to see in Berlin” by Bild newspaper (Germany) and BZ Magazine (Germany) at the time of the screening. 'Siamese Twins' painting featured as ‘The Image of the Week' in The Times' Art Review. The ‘Full Figures’ paintings (painted in oil on 4mm plywood board and sanded down) featured in the literary magazine Der Freund (Germany) in December 2005. For the series the artist was named the 'Critic's Choice' by Saatchi Online in 2007. The series was exhibited at Crone Gallery in Berlin in 2007.
The series' artworks form 7 exhibition environs:
• Environ 1: Full length life-size paintings of naked Hitler, Mussolini, Mao Zedong, Stalin, and Franco
• Environ 2: ‘Heads’, as floor-adhesive vinyl prints, and 48-sheet billboard 'Dictators TM’
• Environ 3: ‘Torsos’, posters
• Environ 4: 'Limbs Composition' prints accompanied by 'organic sounds' activated by motion-sensing technology
• Environ 5: 'Group Portrait' wallpaper, which covers the walls of this environ space, and animation ‘Christ is not an Aryan’
• Environ 6. Double portraits
• Environ 7: 'Memorabilia Shop' where audience ‘buys into' the dictators by purchasing various merchandise: cups, bags, scarfs, coasters.
For more information, please visit the artist’s website: http://allatkachuk.com/


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Dictators wallpaper. Group portrait

Alla Tkachuk

United Kingdom

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Size: 40.2 W x 53.9 H x 0.2 in

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