Painted plastic with collage, metal, and found objects
diameter, 39in (99.1cm)
height, including dome, 19in (48.3cm)
Gift of The Tobin Endowment
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.
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.
Ralph Koltai (British, b.1924, d.2018)