Maquette for Die Soldaten (The Soldiers)

Maker and role
Artist: Ralph Koltai, British, born Germany, 1924-2018
Year
1983

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Media/materials
Painted plastic with collage, metal, and found objects
Credit line
Gift of The Tobin Endowment
Accession number
TL2002.141
Object type
Department
Location
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.

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