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Object Information:

Artist: Ralph Koltai, British, born Germany, 1924

Maquette for Die Soldaten (The Soldiers)

1983

Painted plastic with collage, metal, and found objects

Gift of The Tobin Endowment

TL2002.141


Location:

Not on view

Theatre Production Information:

Opera by Bernd Alois Zimmermann, based on a play by Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz. Produced by Opéra National de Lyon, France, 1983.

Further Information:

Koltai enlarged and fragmented body parts to convey wartime brutality against women, a theme central to Bernd Alois Zimmerman's opera. Although based on an 18th-century play, Koltai updated the context. The area above the breasts functioned as a screen for projections. These included Whaam!, Roy Lichtenstein's comic-book inspired painting of fighter planes made in 1963 as the Vietnam War escalated.

Artist/Maker Bio

Koltai, Ralph